by Annabelle Nuñez, M.A., Associate Director
University of Arizona Health Sciences Library
University of Arizona
The University of Arizona Health Sciences Library (UAHSL) is hosting the National Library of Medicine’s traveling exhibit, Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics, and Culture. On display are six, freestanding graphic panels showing a historical look at the impact of a new, unknown disease that appeared in the United States. In the early 1980’s this “rare cancer” caused widespread fear and confusion for many, particularly among gay men as they were disproportionately affected by the unknown condition. The exhibit describes the battles people fought and the challenges they faced to overcome the social, political, and cultural backlash that came with living with the illness. It also depicts the course of action taken to achieve the successes gained for people to survive and thrive with HIV/AIDS.
This exhibition was produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health. It is on display in the library’s lobby until June 28, 2019. You can visit the online exhibit of Surviving and Thriving to locate additional digital content.
National Library of Medicine WISER 5.4 is now available on all platforms. WISER is a system designed to assist emergency responders in hazardous material incidents. It provides a wide range of information on hazardous substances, including substance identification support, physical characteristics, human health information, and containment and suppression advice. Here’s what’s new in this release:
- News and notifications, much like this one, now provide details about each WISER release.
- Detailed bibliographies are now available for much of the substance data within WISER.
- Protective distance mapping now supports the export of KML (Keyhole Markup Language) data on the WISER for Windows and WebWISER platforms.
- Redesigned the WISER for Windows protective distance mapping capability.
- Smaller updates and bug fixes.
- Sharing and collaboration updates
- New substances requested by users
- Additional data improvements.
Express Outreach Award Highlights: California State University, Bakersfield Nursing Librarian Supports RN Explorers Training Program
by Ying Zhong, Nursing Librarian
Walter W. Stiern Library
California State University
RN Explorers Program is a part of Boy Scouts of America Learning for Life and career education for young men and women ages 14 through 20. This program focuses on careers in the medical field, with a specific focus on nursing. For over 17 years, nursing students, staff, and faculty from California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB) meet regularly with high school students interested in nursing to introduce the nursing profession and basic nursing concepts. Nursing faculty and RN Explorers meet twice a month, on the first and third Monday evenings. RN Explorers learned nursing skills, participated in community health fairs by taking blood pressures, checking glucose and cholesterol levels. They also go on tours to Bakersfield College, CSUB, and several local hospitals to learn about specialties in health care.
With the support of an NNLM PSR Express Outreach Award, beginning in May, 2018, the CSUB Library joined forces with the Nursing Department to offer training in NLM resources and other library databases to the RN Explorers. One of the barriers that the RN Explorers face is lack of the basic understanding of the nursing profession. To fill their knowledge gap, I reviewed nursing literature and purchased 38 books focusing on the nursing career. The other highlight was meeting with 47 RN Explorers in person when they visited the CSUB campus on March 4, 2019. I gave a 20-minute presentation about Library services and resources available for RN Explorers. Library cards are offered to RN Explorers that will allow them to check out five books at a time from the CSUB Library. The outreach award also enabled CSUB Library to add seven iPads to the available resources, which Nursing faculty/staff/students may check out for seven days when visiting high schools, hospitals, etc. Last but not least, the award supported the ongoing program by offering eight Boy Scout memberships to further encourage high school students to participate in the RN Explorers Program. By providing resources to support this program, the CSUB Library strengthened its collaboration with the Nursing Department and contributed to the enhancement of community service.
NLM Historian Susan Speaker, PhD, Honored for JMLA Article Providing NNLM Historical Overview from 1985-2015
The professional association Archivists and Librarians in the History of the Health Sciences (ALHHS) honored NLM historian Susan L. Speaker, PhD, with its 2019 ALHHS best article award. Dr. Speaker received this prestigious honor for “Historical Overview of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, 1985-2015,” which was published in the April 2018 issue of the Journal of the Medical Library Association. The article is publicly available in NLM’s PubMedCentral. Dr. Speaker’s ALHHS award follows on the NLM itself honoring her article in September 2018, when she received the NLM Board of Regents Award for her outstanding scholarship in documenting the history of the NNLM.
In researching and writing the history of the past three decades of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) and its Regional Medical Libraries (RML), Dr. Speaker examined a wide range of primary sources, including records of the NNLM/RML located in the NLM archives, library periodical literature, RML directors’ meetings minutes, statements of work for RML contracts, RML annual reports, RML newsletters and blogs, and other associated materials. She also held informal conversations with National Network Coordinating Office staff members. Dr. Speaker’s research resulted in a rich and original history of the evolution of the NNLM during the internet age as it expanded its mission to include providing health information resources to academic researchers and the public. Reflecting historical change and the vision of NLM’s previous leadership, Dr. Speaker’s article is especially timely and valuable following the announcement that the National Network Coordinating Office (NNCO) will be renamed the Office of Engagement and Training (OET) and become NLM’s organizational home for outreach.
by Annabelle Nuñez, M.A.
University of Arizona Health Sciences Library
The University of Arizona Health Sciences Library (UAHSL) works to extend the reach of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM-PSR) in Arizona communities with the support of a cooperative agreement designed to enhance the access to and engagement with health information. UAHSL staff consult with stakeholder communities as they plan and carry out outreach programs for Arizona that include promotion of and training in the use of National Library of Medicine resources. Our specialty is to offer training workshops around the state that assist librarians, K-12 students and educators, community health workers, health professionals, and members of the public to become effective users of digital content and electronic resources as well as improve their skills at identifying accurate health information.
One of the key highlights in 2018 was UAHSL Outreach Librarian Yamila El-Khayat’s opportunity to collaborate with a program coordinator of the Ventanilla de Salud program at the Mexican Consulate of Tucson. Together they offered a workshop on social determinants of health as an approach to health education and promotion in the Hispanic community. Twenty community health workers/promotoras participated in the workshop and learned about NLM products. This work was featured in a video presented during the NLM Update at the 2018 Medical Library Association Annual Meeting in Atlanta, raising the profile of work being done in Arizona and in NNLM’s Pacific Southwest Region!
There is a tremendous push in K-12 education to increase curriculum in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. From an interdisciplinary lens, STEM subjects cross over seamlessly into the health sciences. For example, bioengineering for medical devices and 3D prototyping for clinical investigations. Visiting schools with 3D printers during events like a career fair is often the first time students get to see how 3D printing works. It is a great opportunity for Yamila to talk about 3D applications in health. We see how exposing students to 3D technology prepares them for thinking about health sciences with innovation in mind. This type of engagement also took place during the STEM festivals held in Prescott, Phoenix, Flagstaff and Tucson. Here too was the perfect opportunity to promote NLM products among the attendees interested in STEM.
In 2019, Yamila attended a tour of the Salt River Tribal Library and the Way of Life Facility. Yamila and Naomi Bishop, a new librarian at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, Phoenix Biomedical Campus Library, have begun to explore programming ideas with the Salt River Tribal Community. This is a new opportunity for UAHSL, and a great prospect for collaboration with our colleague in Phoenix.
In summary, this year gave us the opportunity to connect with 2611 participants throughout the state. We engaged in twenty-six events that included training, exhibiting, and presentations. The cooperative agreement permitted us to continue working with our collaborators engaging with new participants and clients, as well as explore programming with new partners, all in an effort to raise awareness of NLM products and increase health literacy.
Hello everyone! My name is Julie Botnick and I am a new Education and Outreach Librarian for the NNLM PSR at UCLA.
I recently completed my Master of Library and Information Science degree here at UCLA. As part of my studies, I worked as a Curatorial and Instruction Intern at UCLA Special Collections for History of Medicine and the Sciences, just downstairs from the NNLM PSR office.
I have worked at a broad range of repositories, including the archives at 20th Century Fox and Zion National Park (where we rehoused the historic natural history specimen collection, pictured to the right here!), and the June L. Mazer Lesbian Archives in West Hollywood.
I have a background in education and program development, including development of educational texts, conferences, and training in outdoor, food, and environmental education; working as an educator at a living history museum; managing a business education institute for artists; and teaching undergraduates in the UCLA Department of History.
I look forward to working with you all on education and outreach initiatives. I also welcome food and hike recommendations across our region! Please feel free to contact me at email@example.com.
Express Outreach Award Highlights: University of Nevada Savitt Medical Library Partners with Community Health Nursing Clinics Serving Rural Areas
by Katie Jefferson, MPH, Library Services Liaison
Mary Shultz, MS, Library Director
Savitt Medical Library
University of Nevada School of Medicine, Reno
The Savitt Medical Library at the University of Nevada, Reno, School of Medicine, received an outreach subaward from the Pacific Southwest Region (PSR) of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), running from May 1, 2018 to April 30, 2019. This was the third year the Savitt Medical Library received outreach funding, enabling it to build on efforts from previous years. With this funding, we again partnered with the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health to support the community health and behavioral health rural nurses working in state offices. These nurses provide health services to remote and underserved communities in ten frontier and rural counties. They also serve as school nurses in districts without a school nurse, flight nurses and nurses in the Nevada mines. Their area of responsibility covers more than 96,000 square miles and they average about 1,000 miles of travel per month. The rural nursing offices do not have online resources beyond those that are freely available.
In the first award year, the Savitt Medical Library provided training that highlighted freely available, quality resources, primarily from the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. In addition we traveled to 11 (of 13) nursing clinic locations and introduced ourselves, the project, the nursing LibGuide and provided a training session. Traveling to each location across the state allowed us to see the environments in which the nurses work and allowed us to begin building partnerships. After the site visits the Savitt Medical Library created a project portal and continuously updated it with input from the nurses. During our visits, we received many suggestions for additional links and categories. It provides “one-stop shopping” for their highly used information resources. Prior to our visits, each nurse relied on their individual set of bookmarks or searched Google to seek resources.
In the 2018-2019 award year we focused on developing and creating new materials to provide a series of ten online training modules. We acquired continuing education (CE) certification for all three award years and will continue offering CE credit through April 2020. The modules are provided through the University’s course management system, Canvas. These topics were selected based on the initial phone interviews and surveys and then they were refined after meeting the nurses. The modules include:
- Health Information for non-English Speakers
- Infectious Disease Resources
- Google Searching
- Rural and Native American Resources
- Disaster Preparedness Resources
- PubMed and ClinicalTrials.gov
- Mental Health Resources
- Environmental Health Resources
- Drug Information
- Wrap up and Miscellaneous Resources
The Savitt Medical Library will continue to promote the Project Portal and the Online Training Modules widely. The online training makes it possible for the nurses to access materials without having to travel. It was a challenge to make additional visits during the award period due to the nurses’ limited time and scheduling conflicts. We are making arrangements with the clinics to make another round of visits over the summer to continue building the relationships. Another barrier to note is that many of the clinics appear to be in transition, decreasing from the original 14 rural and frontier clinics to just nine. We suspect some of this is due to the recent retirements of several nurses and positions being left unfilled. Throughout the course of the award we received very positive comments from all the nurses we met. They seemed genuinely happy to have the support we offered and to “feel not quite so all alone.” They all expressed enthusiasm about the resources we covered, our portal page and sharing the resources with their colleagues. They also welcomed us back when scheduling allows.
This project was rewarding for the nurse participants and for the librarians. We saw first-hand the remote areas where they work and what resources they need. We are honored to have been the recipient of NNLM outreach funding for the last three years. This funding allowed us to reach health care providers in very underserved areas and provide services to this small but vital group of nurses providing care in the underserved areas of Nevada. We appreciate the funding and support we have received from the NNLM PSR and the great team of nurses we worked with!
Check out the June 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:
- Parenting Teens: Guiding Kids Through Turbulent Years
Teens must try new things to figure out who they are. Learn how to guide them toward healthier and less risky experiences.
- Beating Bursitis: Take Care of Your Joint Cushions
Bursitis and other causes of joint pain can be prevented by paying attention to how you move and perform daily activities.
- Q&A: Dr. Kevin Haggerty on Parenting
NIH News in Health has a conversation on parenting with Dr. Kevin Haggerty, an NIH-funded researcher at the University of Washington.
- Health Capsule: Telemedicine May Affect Quality of Care
Have you used a computer, smart-phone, or tablet to talk with a doctor? This is called telemedicine. A study suggests that in-person doctor visits provide better care for children with certain infections.
- Health Capsule: Smoking and Your Heart
Smoking is a risk factor for heart disease, which can lead to heart attack, heart failure, and death.
- Featured Website: Coping With Cancer
Discover how to adjust to the life changes cancer brings and how to plan for care after cancer treatment.
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 National Library of Medicine has announced the solicitation of proposals for 2019 HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects, from organizations and libraries to design and conduct projects that will improve access to HIV/AIDS related health information for patients, the affected community, and their caregivers. Awards are offered for up to $50,000. The proposal submission deadline is July 12!
Projects must involve two or more of the following information access categories: information retrieval; skills development, resource development and dissemination; PrEP navigator resource development and dissemination; and/or equipment acquisition. Emphasis will be placed upon small businesses and the following types of organizations or arrangements for developing these projects:
- Community-based organizations (CBOs) or patient advocacy groups currently providing HIV/AIDS-related services to the affected community. This encompasses both individual groups wishing to enhance their own services, as well as several cooperating for the purpose of this project;
- Public libraries wishing to serve communities in the provision of HIV/AIDS-related information and resources;
- Health departments or other local, municipal, or state agencies working to improve the public health in the area of HIV/AIDS-related services;
- Faith-based organizations currently providing HIV/AIDS-related services to the affected community; and/or
- Multi-type consortia of the above-listed organizations that may be in existence or formed specifically for this project. At least one of the organizations managing the project must be a community-based organization, library, or department of public health.
The primary point of contact for the solicitation is Angela Hawn, ORAU Procurement Section Manager.
Greetings! I am excited to have joined the NNLM PSR RML as an Education and Outreach Librarian. I look forward to working with network members and health professionals through training that promotes electronic access to health information from the NLM.
My library training and experience has included exposure to public, special, and academic libraries. I started my library career in the healthcare sector as a medical librarian and then the manager of Library Services and Physician Education at Kaiser Permanente South Bay Medical Center; followed by roles as Science Librarian at California State University, Fullerton, and Science and Engineering Librarian and Head, Science and Engineering Library, at USC. You’ll find more information about my background via my ORCID iD.
As an Education and Outreach Librarian my focus areas will include outreach to health professionals and research data management education. In addition, I will work with my PSR RML colleagues on other education areas, exhibits, and evaluation activities in the region.
I want to learn about your interests and encourage you to reach out to me with your emerging information needs. Feel free to send communications to my email address!
With a unique collaboration of NNLM, the Medical Library Association, and the Association of Academic Health Science Libraries, registration is now available for all sessions of the just announced webinar series, Nine Conversations that Matter to Health Sciences Librarians with Jessica Pettitt. The series begins on June 19 with Diversity & Social Justice: A Starting Place. Each session will showcase examples across various subordinated and marginalized inter-sectional identities as well as give us all time to reflect, organize, and do our own work in claiming responsibility for our privileges and full lived experiences. All webinars are one hour in duration, and will be held at 9:00 AM Pacific Time. One hour of MLA CE credit is available per session, and will remain available for one year after the live broadcast. Webinars are free, but register early since each session is limited to 1,000 participants! Recordings of each webinar will be available on the NNLM Training website and on mlanet.org.
In 1996, the National Library of Medicine and the University of Connecticut Health Center (UConn Health) worked together to create the Electronic Fund Transfer System (EFTS) DOCLINE billing agent, which virtually eliminated the need to create invoices and write checks for reimbursement for interlibrary loans and document delivery between its more than 1,300 members. EFTS advantages include monthly detailed transaction-based reports, the ability to handle variable charges and the ability to handle non-DOCLINE transactions. EFTS has served the medical library community, providing support for interlibrary loan transactions that saved institutions the fees and time it would have taken to pay individual invoices. However, over the years the system has not been updated and fees have not increased. Without a financial infusion supporting migration of the system and a restructuring of fees, the system will not be sustainable.
EFTS requires a complete re-write of the code which is beginning to fail. In addition, UConn Health center is moving to Windows 10 on December 31, 2019, and EFTS code is too old to run on this system. Without changes to the current service fee model, EFTS will shut down. However, UConn Health is committed to keeping EFTS running, and has investigated the following options for continuing the service beyond December 31:
- Assess a one-time fee of approximately $200 for each member of EFTS.
- Create a fee based on usage by each library.
- Assist in securing another vendor to supply EFTS support.
- Eliminate the EFTS service.
Moving forward will require raising the service fee to cover the expense of continued support, which may be a burden for some institutions. However, EFTS saves process/billing time for DOCLINE users. You are encouraged to submit your thoughts on this matter and/or reach out with questions or concerns to Janice Swiatek, Director of UConn Library, Health Sciences, 866-561-5045. Due to the time-sensitivity of this issue, responses are requested by Friday, June 1st. Please include your LIBID for tracking purposes. Timing is critical as there is only six months to re-code EFTS before it becomes unsupportable.
During the May 7 NLM Update at the Medical Library Association 2019 Annual Meeting, Janice Kelly, acting deputy associate director of NLM’s Specialized Information Services (SIS) Division, reflected on the history of SIS from 1967 to 2019. From the 1960’s focus on environmental health and toxicology to the 1980’s HIV/AIDS Clinical Trials registry and AIDSInfo to, more recently, disaster health information resources, SIS has provided information on a variety of topics. In addition to honoring more than 50 years of groundbreaking work, Ms. Kelly’s historical perspective provided insight into the ways in which NLM has responded to the evolving health information needs within diverse communities. Going forward, some SIS resources will sunset, some will be integrated into other resources or platforms, and some will continue. Users should watch for update notices in the NLM Technical Bulletin, social media, and product homepages.
NLM Deputy Director Jerry Sheehan described how an internal review of products and services guided NLM’s reorganization. As part of the strategic plan implementation, NLM assessed its offerings and its internal structure, looking for commonalities and redundancies. As a result, the Library has been, and will continue, consolidating resources with complementary content and realigning offices according to functions and staff expertise. NLM further aims to elevate the user experience through a common technical platform and the elimination of unnecessary organizational boundaries. Through its connections with the MLA community and reflections on the past, NLM looks forward to elevating its products and services to support the evolution of librarianship and the empowerment of communities.
Joyce Backus, associate director of Library Operations, described the evolution of PubMed Labs, which is expected to officially launch in September. New features include a redesigned advanced search page for desktop and mobile devices, an associated data facet on the search results page, share and cite buttons, and additional features to enable navigation across abstract pages. Current PubMed and PubMed Labs will run concurrently from September through December, and then current PubMed will be archived in January, 2020. As the Library’s online presence transforms, so, too, will the physical Library space. With more and more of its content reaching people online, NLM plans to reduce the footprint of public spaces and increase its flexible and collaborative workspaces during an expected three-year renovation in 2020-2022.
Amanda Wilson, familiar to many as the Head of the National Network Coordinating Office (NNCO), discussed the newly minted Office of Engagement and Training (OET), officially launching in June, 2019. A singular home for NLM’s outreach operation, the OET will include the NNCO and staff from other NLM units with significant outreach responsibilities. Ms. Wilson announced that current NNLM membership stands at 7,690, a 546 increase over 2018. There were 260 NNLM class offerings during the past year, with 20,000 training registrations. Looking toward the next five-year NNLM funding cycle in 2021-2026, an NNLM Request for Information (RFI) will be issued in June or July, followed by a 60-day response period. After analysis of RFI responses and planning for the next iteration of NNLM, a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is expected to be issued in the fall of 2020. Proposals will be due in late 2020 or early 2021.
The next session of the NNLM RDM webinar series, Using Data for Decision-Making: An Environmental Scan Case Study, will be held Friday, June 7, 11:00am-12:00pm PDT. This introductory-level webinar session will walk you through the process of planning and conducting an environmental scan while demonstrating a data tool and strategies for using data for decision-making. This webinar will provide a jump-start opportunity to explore the concept of data and introduce an easy-to-use data analysis tool (Voyant Tools). The case study findings will be presented and show how this approach can be applied to other entry level data projects so that participants will walk away with the confidence to jump in and start exploring their own data. The session will be recorded for future viewing.
The National Library of Medicine has announced the four new Associate Fellows of the 2019-2020 cohort; Brenna Cox, Sharon Han, Eden Kinzel, and Louise To. The Associate Fellowship Program is a one-year residency fellowship at NLM. The program begins in September of every year, offers a robust educational and leadership experience, ranging from formal lectures and presentations to projects in operations, research and development, policy, and data analysis, all within the context of the role of a national library on the national and international stage.
Over the last two years, the National Library of Medicine has been exploring efficient ways to link the literature with associated datasets. The new nine-minute video Data Discovery in PMC and PubMed looks at the outcomes of those explorations thus far. Topics covered include identifying the sources of datasets and data linkages in these resources, opportunities to expose the data associated with articles, and future plans. NLM hopes these efforts enable knowledge generation and discovery. Check out the video and provide NLM with feedback on what would be of highest value to your institution!
The National Library of Medicine has announced plans to release a new NIH Manuscript Submission (NIHMS) system later this year. The ten-minute video A New NIHMS (and PACM API) to Support Public Access provides context for the decision to rebuild the NIHMS and helps prepare librarians for changes to anticipate. The current NIHMS system has supported the NIH Public Access Policy since 2005 and has received more than 800,000 submissions. Today, NIHMS supports the policies of ten additional government agencies as well as numerous non-governmental organizations. It is NLM’s hope that this new system will allow continued support of public access to publicly-funded research results for decades to come. The video also provides an update on a new feature in a related tool, API access to data from the Public Access Compliance Monitor (PACM). For more information, visit API Access to the Public Access Compliance Monitor.
In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the first commercially available vaccine to prevent rubella, the National Library of Medicine has announced Rashes to Research: Scientists and Parents Confront the Rubella Epidemic of 1964, a new banner exhibition and companion online adaptation, opening June 3. It will be on display through September 25 in NLM’s History of Medicine Division Reading Room. The online adaptation of Rashes to Research includes an education component featuring a new K-12 lesson plan and a university module, and a digital gallery that further explores the historic collection of the NLM using the works from NLM Digital Collections.
Rashes to Research highlights the work of researchers and parents to limit the impact of rubella in the years before an effective vaccine nearly eliminated the disease from the United States. During the rubella epidemic that raged in 1964, 20,000 children were born with serious heart, hearing, and vision problems related to rubella exposure during pregnancy. While the nation’s scientists rushed to create a vaccine and develop better screening tests, families faced difficult, complicated decisions about current and future pregnancies.
The NNLM Pacific Northwest Region is hosting a one-hour webinar on June 19 at 1:00 PM PDT focusing on the Public Library Association’s (PLA) health insurance education initiative, Libraries Connecting You to Coverage. The session will help public library staff better understand the importance of health insurance literacy, how to promote accurate health information and resources, and how to develop partnerships to advocate for a healthy community. Registration is encouraged but not required.
An additional webinar will be offered on October 16, continuing the health insurance literacy theme.
The NLM Update was held at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Medical Library Association on May 7. Four speakers presented progress related to NLM’s Strategic Plan, organizational and physical changes to NLM, the redesign of PubMed, and activity in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.
The NLM Update slides are available for viewing.
- Jerry Sheehan, Deputy Director, National Library of Medicine (slides: 2 – 26)
- Janice Kelly, Acting Deputy Director, Specialized Information Services (slides: 27 – 30)
- Joyce Backus, Associate Director, Library Operations (slides: 31 – 57)
- Amanda J. Wilson, Head, National Network Coordinating Office of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (slides: 58 – 81)