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Member Meme Contest Celebrating Medical Librarians Month and Health Literacy Month! 

PSR Newsletter - Wed, 2020-09-30 09:00

picture of two hands shaking each other. the left one reads medical librarians and the right reads health educators. where the hands clasp it reads free access to quality health infoPlease 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: 

  1. Select one of the images below or use public domain/reuse-free image to start your meme. Image sources include PixabayWikimedia CommonsUnsplashCreative Commons Search, or NLM’s Digital Collections. 
  2. 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.  
  3. Facebook images should be at a maximum 1200 x 630 pixels.   
  4. 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 psr-nnlm@library.ucla.edu, 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: 

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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Be an Advocate for Health Literacy on Wikipedia: Join our Fall Edit-a-thon focused on Maternal and Child Health!

PSR Newsletter - Tue, 2020-09-29 09:00

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:

infographic with blue and white background. text reads Wikipedia's health articles are read over 10 million times daily. advertises citeNLM wikipedia campaign for fall 2020

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 shan4@library.ucla.edu 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!


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Announcing the NNLM PSR BIPOC LIS Student Professional Development Award!

PSR Newsletter - Tue, 2020-09-29 00:00

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 psr-nnlm@library.ucla.edu if you would like to join and/or have suggestions.

The PSR librarians created an ongoing list of references and resources, which include:

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 psr-nnlm@library.ucla.edu.

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Recordings for the NNLM PSR Subawards Webinar & Research Data Management (RDM) Webinar Series Now Available!

PSR Newsletter - Mon, 2020-09-28 22:30

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.

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MedlinePlus: Now Home to Genetics Home Reference, HealthReach, Tox Town Information & More!

PSR Newsletter - Mon, 2020-09-28 21:48

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

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.

Please contact NLM Customer Service with any questions or suggestions.

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September 2020 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available!

PSR Newsletter - Fri, 2020-09-04 18:47

illustration of a woman holding her jaw in painCheck out the September 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:

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!

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Welcome our new staff member, Sharon Han!

PSR Newsletter - Thu, 2020-09-03 13:31

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Sharon Han, MSLIS joins the NNLM PSR team as a 2nd Year NLM Associate Fellow! Sharon started on September 1st and will focus on Public Health Education and Outreach.

During her first year as a NLM Associate Fellow, Sharon contributed to research and development for a variety of NLM product and service areas related to NNLM activities, including DOCLINE, citizen science, and educational resources for youth and LIS student audiences. She has experience working in academic libraries, public libraries, museums, and makerspaces, often focused on outreach and education. She received her MS in Library & Information Science degree from the University of Illinois.

Sharon looks forward to building and growing collaborations with NNLM PSR’s members, particularly those focused on public health.

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2020-2021 NNLM PSR Funding Awards Recipients

PSR Newsletter - Mon, 2020-08-31 19:11

We would like announce the recipients of our 2020-2021 NNLM PSR Funding Awards. We completed the review process for our requests for Express Outreach Award and Outreach Mini-Award proposals. NNLM PSR staff did preliminary reviews of the proposals to ensure that all mandatory criteria were met. Scores were based on evaluative criteria, and a total score was calculated. The following eight Express Outreach Awards and four Outreach Mini-Awards were funded.

Express Outreach Awards

For 2020-2021, we increased our funding for Express Outreach Awards up to $20,000. Express Outreach Awards are designed to increase awareness of health information resources by health professionals, consumers, public health professionals, and minority health practitioners.

Building a Healthier Las Vegas through Participatory-Based Creation of Community Health Workforce Training
University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Health Sciences Library, Las Vegas, NV
Project Lead: Katie Houk
Period of Performance: May 2020 – April 2021

This project will bring together community health program stakeholders across the Las Vegas Valley in order to discover educational needs and design appropriate online interventions prioritizing National Library of Medicine (NLM) and Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) materials for health workers in the field. The focus of stakeholder meetings will include identifying areas for education across health literacy and consumer health information and aims to prioritize delivery and incentives to increase likelihood of participation by frontline health workers.

Healthy Eating with Show Low Public Library’s Cookmobile
Show Low Public Library, Show Low, AZ
Project Lead: Lisa Lewis
Period of Performance: May 2020 – April 2021

This project will provide opportunities in the community in Show Low, AZ, to learn how to prepare healthy food for all age groups. By acquiring a “Charlie Cart”, the library will hold cooking demos at various different locations such as community health fairs, back to school open houses, farmers markets, community events to include 4th of July celebrations, Show Low Days, and at the library itself as part of our ongoing “Healthy Living” program. This mobile cooking station will allow the library to reach many more people and take this program to where they are.

Health Careers Boot Camp Series: Increasing the Health Professions Pipeline in California’s Central Valley
California Health Sciences University, Health Sciences Library, Clovis, CA
Project Lead: Joanne Muellenbach
Period of Performance: July 2020 – April 2021

This project will seek to engage high school students from underrepresented populations and in areas of highest need. CHSU’s Health Careers Boot Camp series will target first-generation, and economically and educationally disadvantaged high school students in the districts of Fresno and Madera counties, two of the Central Valley’s seven counties, beginning in the summer 2020 and continuing throughout the award year. The goal is to spark the interest of prospective students not only in our own programs of osteopathic medicine and pharmacy, but also in collaborating educational institutions offering programs in many health careers such as respiratory therapy, medical assistance, nursing, emergency medical services (EMS), paramedic and infection control.

Educating African American Nurses About Key Topics in Precision Medicine Using National Library of Medicine Resources
National Black Nurses Association, Southern Nevada Black Nurses Association, Las Vegas, NV
Project Lead: Lauren Edgar
Period of Performance: May 2020 – April 2021

This project involves an educational webinar (via Zoom) that will present to members of the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) a list of publicly available National Library of Medicine (NLM) resources that the members can use to learn more about an under-recognized and underdiagnosed, yet fatal, genetic condition that disproportionately affect African Americans (transthyretin-related hereditary cardiac amyloidosis). NBNA members working within and outside of academia have expressed that they want to know more 1) about the importance of African American community engagement in precision medicine, 2) how precision medicine research can address health care disparities, and 3) educational library tools they can use to learn more and educate others about genomics and precision medicine.

Expanding Telehealth Services at WCCHC School-Based Health Clinics
Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center Health Sciences Library, Waianae, HI
Project Lead: Marita Padilla
Period of Performance: September 2020 – April 2021

Many of the youth in the communities served by WCCHC cannot sufficiently access telehealth services for a variety of reasons. As it stands, their school-based health clinics lack some of the crucial resources needed to appropriately facilitate telehealth services. This project hopes to expand the ability to offer telehealth services at WCCHC’s school-based clinics to ensure youth have a safe, confidential location to meet with a medical provider, behavioral health provider, and/or health educator that sufficiently has the technology to execute quality care on school grounds.

The following awards have an All of Us Research Program (AoU RP) component. The projects will provide awareness of the program through training and also hand out AoU RP promotional materials and brochures.

CDU and King/Drew High School Health Professionals Partnership
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, Los Angeles, CA
Project Lead: Darlene Kelly
Period of Performance: September 2020 – April 2021

The project seeks to create an awareness of how to find and evaluate reliable health information on the Internet. The target population are students who are enrolled at King/Drew High School in one of the certification programs. A major concern is students are unsure where to find reliable health information, hence the need for library workshops. The primary emphasis of the library workshops will be to introduce students to reliable health information available from the National Library of Medicine and affiliates. Over the course of the project, students will demonstrate how to find, evaluate, and use reliable health information on the Internet.

Mobile Hotspots for Circulation
Nevada County Community Library, Nevada City, CA
Project Lead: Megan Lloyd
Period of Performance: August 2020 – April 2021

Through this project, the Nevada County Community Library will purchase 47 mobile hotspots and lend them to library cardholders for at-home use. Borrowers will also receive information about authoritative online health resources, such as PubMed, MedlinePlus, ClinicalTrials.gov, free NNLM online classes, the All of Us Research Program and Nevada County’s Public Health website. This project will help to bridge the digital divide experienced by Nevada County residents who cannot afford traditional internet access at home or for whom home internet service is simply not available, thereby contributing to equal access to health information.

Chinatown COVID Relief Program
Southeast Asian Community Alliance, Los Angeles, CA
Project Lead: Sissy Trinh
Period of Performance: July 2020 – April 2021

This project will provide culturally and linguistically appropriate COVID-19 outreach and education to low-income immigrants and refugees in the Chinatown and Lincoln Heights areas of Los Angeles. Low-income immigrants and refugees are among the highest at risk of contracting COVID-19 but the least likely to receive accurate public health information in a timely manner. This is due to a wide range of economic, linguistic, and technological barriers.

Outreach Mini-Awards

This year we increased our funding for Outreach Mini-Awards up to $8,999. Outreach Mini-Awards are designed to support smaller projects, such as NLM traveling exhibition programming or one-day events such as health fairs. Both awards have the ultimate goal of promoting knowledge of and access to National Library of Medicine resources for healthcare providers and consumers.

Expanding Health Information Services in a Rural Telehealth Outreach Program
University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, Savitt Medical Library, Reno, NV
Project Lead: Terry Henner
Period of Performance: May 2020 – April 2021

The overarching aim of this proposal is to make clinically important patient care information presented in teleheath videoclinics more widely accessible and to improve the ability of participating clinicians to engage with the archived content. This will be achieved through enrichment of a health information clearinghouse and recordings archive that has been developed as part of the already successful Project ECHO Nevada implementation of videoconference-based clinics.

Heart-Body Connection
Sacramento Public Library, Sacramento, CA
Project Lead: Katie Ball
Period of Performance: July 2020 – April 2021

The Heart-Mind Connection project will be a continuation and expansion of the Brain Health Initiative, which focused on educating the public on ways to lower their risk for dementia as well as providing resources to those living with Alzheimer’s disease and Alzheimer’s caregivers. The Heart-Mind Connection will emphasize the connection between good heart health and a healthy brain, as well as the benefits of lowering blood pressure for improved long-term health. This project will also address the need for virtual mind and body wellness programming, as well as equipping people with health resources and medical tools, while the library is closed to the public.

Women and Self-Care
Show Low Public Library, Show Low, AZ
Project Lead: Lisa Lewis
Period of Performance: October 2020 – April 2021

This project will provide the women in the community of Show Low, AZ the opportunity to become educated on the importance of taking care of themselves in a variety of different ways that include physical health, mental health, emotional health, and safety. The project will include a NLM Traveling Exhibit on Domestic Abuse and a personal safety course offered by local experts. A self-care fair for female youth and adults that will have different booths that addresses all the aspects of self-care such as skin care, diet, exercise, mental health, support groups, beauty, fashion, hobbies/interests, etc.

Beaumont Library District Health Outreach Initiative
Beaumont Library District, Beaumont, CA
Project Lead: Nathan Harris
Period of Performance: October 2020 – April 2021

This project will acquire books on COVID-19, which we will be used in a display in order to educate the public on the topic.  Beaumont will purchase up to ten Kindle Paperwhites to loan out to our patrons so as to better advertise their e-book services.

We sincerely appreciate all the thoughtful efforts and contributions to an excellent pool of applications to enhance outreach in the NNLM PSR. Additional information about funding opportunities is available on our funding page.

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Resources to Support Wildfires Response and Recovery in Northern California

PSR Newsletter - Tue, 2020-08-25 14:04

On August 22, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced the White House approved California’s request for a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration to bolster the state’s emergency response to wildfires burning in Northern California and support impacted residents in Lake, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma and Yolo counties. With assistance from NLM’s Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC), we compiled many resources to assist with response and recovery from the affected areas, including information guides with curated, reliable information from vetted federal, state, and local governments and organizations.

Key California Resources

Key National Resources

  • Air Quality: AirNow from the Environmental Protection Agency (Search by Zip Code or State)
    • Healthcare Ready RX Open: helps patients find nearby open pharmacies in areas impacted by disaster
  • National Library of Medicine (NLM)
    • Call 1-800-985-5990 toll-free, 24/7
    • Text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor

Key Documents

Search NLM Disaster Lit database:

We will continue to provide updates to this list as additional news and information about the California wildfires is received.

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NNLM Resource Picks – PubMed Central

PSR Newsletter - Thu, 2020-08-13 05:00

Join us for the next NNLM Resource Picks webinar on Wednesday, September 30, 2020. In this session, Kathryn Funk from the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) will present her work with PubMed Central (PMC), the free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature. In 2005, the voluntary NIH Public Access Policy was announced, and since that time over 700,000 author manuscripts have been processed and archived in PubMed Central. In 2009, the Omnibus Appropriations Act mandated NIH-funded investigators to submit final peer-reviewed journal manuscripts to the database. More recently the NLM adopted a new Collection and Preservation Policy in 2019 to develop high-traffic NLM databases such as PMC in order to link the biomedical and scientific literature with data and other research objects in a digital landscape.

In this way, the use of PMC in scholarly communications supports Goal 1 of the NLM’s 2017-2027 Strategic Plan – “Accelerate discovery and advance health by providing the tools for data-driven research”. With Open Access Week taking place from October 19-25, we would love to hear how you use PMC and other open access resources to support and engage in research.

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August 2020 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available!

PSR Newsletter - Tue, 2020-08-04 14:18

illustration of a woman looking at a saline rinse bottle over a bathroom sinkCheck 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:

  • Featured Website – COVID-19 Prevention Network
    Researchers are working to find safe and effective vaccines for COVID-19. They are also testing other ways to protect people from the virus. Learn more about coronavirus clinical trials, including how to volunteer.

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!

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Network Members in the Spotlight

PSR Newsletter - Thu, 2020-07-30 12:53

Kelli Ham, NNLM PSR Community Engagement Librarian, retired on July 1. Kelli joined the NNLM PSR staff in 2005 as Consumer Health Librarian. In September, 2017, she transitioned to the new role of Community Engagement Librarian in support of the NNLM All of Us program. During her fifteen-year tenure, Kelli’s determination and dedication have led to an outstanding career of numerous accomplishments. Kelli has excelled at virtually every task she has undertaken.

Alan Carr, Associate Director, retired on July 1, after 18 years of service to the NNLM PSR, the last eight as Associate Director, and overall career of more than 30 years with the UCLA Library. He joined the RML in 2002 as Outreach Coordinator and also briefly served as Member Services & Exhibits Coordinator before his appointment as interim Associate Director in 2012. Prior to these positions, Alan was a librarian in the UCLA Biomedical Library Reference Division.

Nisha Mody, UCLA Health and Life Sciences Librarian, was appointed interim NNLM PSR Associate Director effective June 1.

Julie Botnick, NNLM PSR Education and Outreach Librarian, will be leaving PSR and heading to the NLM Traveling Exhibits team. While at PSR, Julie was actively engaged with public health outreach and in the subaward program.

Rikke Ogawa, director of UCLA’s Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library and Science and Engineering Library, was a recipient of the 2020 Medical Library Association President’s Award, given annually to members who have made a notable or important contribution which has enhanced health sciences librarianship or furthered the objectives of MLA.

Darlene Cavalier, the Founder of SciStarter and a professor of practice at Arizona State University’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society, has been named a National Geographic Fellow and Explorer. She has worked closely with NNLM on several citizen science initiatives.

Megan Rosenbloom, Associate Director for Instruction Services at the USC Health Sciences Libraries, has developed a COVID-19 Resource Guide.

Ruth Amernick, librarian at San Francisco Public Library, retired on June 25 after 37 years of service. Janet Tom will serve as the NNLM Liaison.

Dustin Khebzou, Program Administrator at Alcohol Research Group/Public Health Institute in Emeryville, CA, is the new NNLM Liaison.  Dustin replaces Eric Rosen, former Library Technician, who was responsible for the organization’s DOCLINE activities.

Janis Brown retired on May 5 after 39 years of service to the University of Southern California. She has an outstanding record of service and has served in many roles since 1981 at the Norris Medical Library and the USC Health Sciences Libraries, including: Research Librarian, Coordinator of the Learning Resources Center as well as the Associate Director of Educational Resources. Janis served as the Associate Director of Systems and Information Technology from 2004-2018, and served as Acting Director of Norris Medical Library and Interim Associate Dean for Health Sciences Libraries in 2013 and 2015 and again in 2018 until December of 2019. She was most recently serving as Special Projects Librarian at the USC Health Sciences Libraries. Janis had a career total of 45 years as a librarian.

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2020-2021 NNLM PSR Professional Development Award

PSR Newsletter - Wed, 2020-07-08 13:21

Our Call for Applications (CFA) for our 2020-2021 Professional Development Award is still open. We recognize that plans have changed due to annual meetings being cancelled, postponed, or moved to an online format. In many cases, this has lead to new opportunities to pursue professional development that you may have not considered. Opportunities exist for our members seeking additional training in data management, leadership, research skills, the systematic review process, and many other areas where you may want to expand your expertise.

Professional Development Awards are designed to support individuals seeking to improve their knowledge and skills by attending professional conferences (in-person and virtual), workshops, and other educational opportunities in areas of health sciences librarianship or related disciplines. Individuals can apply for awards to $1,500 in reimbursed costs. We invite applications from individuals from our member organizations and we will continue to review applications until we have allocated all funds for this funding cycle.

If you have questions about your professional development activity qualifying or want to discuss your plans, contact us psr-nnlm@ucla.edu.

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Midday at the Oasis Webinar Change

PSR Newsletter - Wed, 2020-07-08 13:21

As you may have noted, we have not hosted a Midday at the Oasis webinar in recent months. We’ve been participating in planning coordinated webinar series with our colleagues across the network. The coordinated webinar series will include information that is relevant to the broad community of librarians in the network membership.

We will still host Midday at the Oasis, on an as-needed basis when we identify great content to share that may be specific to our region or not fit into the series created with our colleagues. We welcome suggestions for content that you would like to see or present.

We invite you to plan to attend the webinars in the series listed below:

More information will follow.  We will continue to send announcements via PSR-News, when webinars are scheduled, so that you can attend and earn MLA CE credits, as available.

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Increase in NNLM PSR Outreach Award Funding – Apply Now!

PSR Newsletter - Mon, 2020-07-06 12:28

We are pleased to announce the availability of the Call for Applications (CFA) for Express Outreach Awards (up to $20k) and Outreach Mini-Awards (up to $9k)! Please take notice that we have increased our amounts for each of these awards. Complete details for the awards, maximum funding amount, potential projects, and application instructions for the new online applications accessed on and submitted through the website, are available on the NNLM PSR web site. Proposals submitted by Friday, July 24, will receive priority consideration.

After July 24, applications will continue to be accepted and reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis, until all award funds are allocated. All NNLM PSR Network members are eligible to apply for any of the awards. Project activities must be conducted between by April 30, 2021. No extensions beyond April 30, 2021 will be possible since this is the last year of the current five-year NNLM funding cycle. Funding will be distributed on a cost-reimbursement basis. Award recipients are required to submit activity reports, professional development evaluation reports, and final project reports, as applicable. Upon completion of projects or events, all award recipients are expected to submit an article for the NNLM PSR Latitudes newsletter blog, with highlights of the experiences and lessons learned.

Express Outreach Awards are designed to increase awareness of health information resources by health professionals, consumers, public health professionals, and minority health practitioners. Outreach Mini-Awards are designed to support smaller projects, such as NLM traveling exhibition programming or one-day events such as health fairs. Both awards have the ultimate goal of promoting knowledge of and access to National Library of Medicine resources for healthcare providers and consumers. Professional Development Awards are designed to support individuals wishing to improve skills by attending professional conferences, workshops, and other educational opportunities in areas of health sciences librarianship or related disciplines.

To find out about further award details, new online application procedures, and hear highlights of previously awarded projects, please watch this recorded funding webinar from March 2020. Please note funding has increased for the outreach awards since the webinar! Also available is the NNLM PSR Funding Guide, designed to answer questions about the entire award process, from application to final reporting. And remember that RML staff members are available to answer questions about the awards, or to discuss potential project ideas. We look forward to seeing your proposals!

If you have questions or are interested in funding that goes toward the All of Us program, please contact Nisha Mody, Interim Associate Director, at nmody@library.ucla.edu.

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Supporting Neurodiverse Learners: New Resource Guide

PSR Newsletter - Mon, 2020-06-29 20:18

What is neurodiversity? As an instructor, how can I best support my neurodiverse learners? What are some principles of web design to help make my website available to all students?

These are tough, important questions that are often difficult to answer with a quick internet search. Neurodiversity, the concept and perspective that individuals with “atypical” behavioral traits or brain function can be considered normal, or even exceptional, learners and thinkers, is relatively new, understudied, and misunderstood.

This new resource guide, Supporting Neurodiverse Learners, co-developed by outgoing

Meeting of a diverse project team

Collaborative group project (stock image)

Education & Outreach Librarian Julie Botnick and our recently graduated NNLM PSR undergraduate student assistant Katherine Zhuo (UCLA ’20), aims to help instructional designers, facilitators, librarians, and web developers build tools and experiences that are accessible to all learners, regardless of whether they fit the mold of the “typical” student.

We welcome recommendations for additional sources and comments regarding other information needs you have on this topic; please email psr-nnlm@library.ucla.edu with suggestions.

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Encuentre información de salud confiable en español para sus usuarios

PSR Newsletter - Thu, 2020-06-18 13:47

Cuando sus usuarios le pregunten por información de salud en español sobre COVID-19 u otros temas, la NNLM tiene los recursos que usted necesita. Los recursos incluyen videos en español con médicos profesionales latinos y una selección de recursos en español seleccionados por miembros de la comunidad de habla hispana. Estos materiales vienen de fuentes fiables como la Biblioteca Nacional de Medicina de Estados Unidos y los Centros para el Control y Prevención de Enfermedades.

Muchos de estos recursos son recomendados por las promotoras, quienes son miembros de la comunidad que sirven como conexión entre el sistema de salud, la información, y los recursos disponibles. Como las promotoras son el corazón de sus comunidades, ellas tienen la capacidad de llevar y dar asistencia donde la comunidad lo necesite. Visión y Compromiso (VyC), es una organización no lucrativa dedicada a apoyar, entrenar, y sobre todo celebrar a las promotoras en toda la nación estadounidense. Visión y Compromiso esta celebrando sus 20 años de trabajo y devoción a mejorar las vidas y la salud de su comunidad. En respuesta a la pandemia que esta afectando a la comunidad de habla hispana, Visión y Compromiso desarrollo una serie de seminarios web (webinars) para que participantes aprendan sobre lugares de confianza para encontrar información de salud, mitos sobre COVID-19, y cómo cuidarse uno mismo durante este tiempo de quedarse en casa. Usted puede encontrar las grabaciones de estos seminarios web (webinars) y recursos en la página web de Visión y Compromiso sobre COVID 19. La NNLM PSR comparte la misión de las promotoras de formar comunidades saludables y ha creado una página en español sobre COVID-19 con información de salud y material que apoya a la comunidad de habla hispana.  LA PSR previamente ha colaborado con promotoras. Usted puede ver este video donde Yamila El-Khayat, habla sobre su proyecto y trabajo en Arizona, con las promotoras.

JUNTOS, El Centro para el Avance de la Salud Latina del Centro Médico de la Universidad de Kansas (University of Kansas Medical Center), ha creado JUNTOS-RADIO, una serie de podcasts en español con varios temas de salud.  Los podcasts cuentan con entrevistas con profesionales latinos de salud donde hablan sobre temas de interés para la comunidad Latina en Kansas y otros lugares. Los temas cubiertos hasta hoy incluyen el COVID-19, la obesidad infantil, la enfermedad de Alzheimer, la hipertensión, y cómo hacer ejercicios en casa.  El equipo continúa produciendo más podcasts con otros temas relevantes para la comunidad Latina. Además de cubrir cada tema en español, cada podcast también incluye información sobre el programa Científico All of Us (All of US Research Program), el cual es una campaña que pretende inscribir a un millón de personas de todo Estados Unidos para ayudar a acelerar la investigación médica,  compartiendo información médica.

Estos podcasts, están disponibles en PodBean, iTunes, y también en el formato de video en YouTube y Facebook.  Usted puede verlos o descargarlos desde la página de JUNTOS-RADIO Podbean, en iTunes, en el canal de YouTube de JUNTOS,  y en la página de Facebook de JUNTOS, El Centro para el Avance de la Salud Latina. To get an English auto-translation on the YouTube version of the podcast, go to the settings for the video. Then select Subtitles, Auto-translate and finally English.

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Find Trusted Health Information in Spanish for Your Patrons

PSR Newsletter - Thu, 2020-06-18 13:43

Screenshot of Brenda Linares, Ileana Cepeda, and Valeria MaciasWhen library patrons ask you for health information in Spanish about COVID-19 or other issues, NNLM has resources to get you started. Available tools range from Spanish-language videos featuring Latino medical professionals to resources selected by trusted members of the Spanish-speaking community. The materials come from reliable sources like the National Library of Medicine and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many of these resources are recommended by promotores, members of the community who serve as connections between them and healthcare systems, information, and resources. Because promotores are the heart of their communities, they are able to deliver assistance where it is needed the most.

Vision y Compromiso (VyC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting, training, and most importantly celebrating promotores across the nation. Vision y Compromiso is marking 20 years of work devoted to improving the lives and health of their communities. In response to the pandemic affecting Spanish-speaking communities Vision y Compromiso developed a series of webinars for participants to learn about trusted places to find health information, myths about COVID19, and how to take care of oneself during these safer at home times. You can find the recorded webinars and resources on the Vision y Compromiso COVID-19 page. The NNLM PSR shares the promotores mission of building healthier communities and also created a page with Spanish Language COVID-19 health information materials to support Spanish speakers. The PSR has previously collaborated with promotores, described by Yamila El-Kkayat, in this video about outreach work  in Arizona.

The JUNTOS Center for Advancing Latino Health at Kansas University Medical Center has created JUNTOS Radio, an ongoing series of podcasts in Spanish on health topics. The podcasts feature interviews with Latino health professionals about issues of concern to the Latino community in Kansas and elsewhere. The photo on the left is a screenshot of Brenda Linares, Medical Librarian from the University of Kansas Medical Center, Ileana Cepeda, and Valeria Macias from JUNTOS recording an episode about health literacy. This particular project is an example of an innovative way for NNLM member librarians to partner with community members and reach a wide audience. Topics so far include COVID-19, child obesity, Alzheimer’s Disease and exercise at home. Each podcast also includes information on the All of Us Research Program, an effort to enlist one million or more people from across the U.S. to help speed up medical research by sharing their medical information.

They are posted on Podbean, iTunes and in video format on YouTube and Facebook. You can access the podcasts at the JUNTOS Podbean page, on iTunes, on the JUNTOS YouTube channel for the JUNTOS Center for Advancing Latino Health, or on the JUNTOS Facebook page. To get an English auto-translation on the YouTube version, go to the settings for the video. Then select Subtitles, Auto-translate and finally English.

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