by Rebekah Tweed Fox
Instruction and Outreach Librarian
Mount Saint Mary’s University
Los Angeles, CA
In 2017, Mount Saint Mary’s University (MSMU) launched a comprehensive wellness movement, “Mount Wellness,” to help its community become, and remain, healthier. The MSMU Libraries, in an effort to support the campus initiative, created a plan to reach students through their own wellness efforts in three different ways.MSMU Libraries’ Mount Wellness Display
The MSMU Libraries received an outreach mini-award from the NNLM Pacific Southwest Region, and with this support, the first goal was to create and promote a physical space within the J. Thomas McCarthy Library dedicated to healthy furniture and the promotion of reliable medical resources. Next, a drop-in workshop was conducted within the library, for students, faculty, and staff. The workshop introduced the MSMU community to the new active space and demonstrated MedlinePlus as a valuable alternative to other less reliable web resources, or Googling, for everyday medical queries. Lastly, the libraries partnered with the Wellness Department by adding a librarian-led training one-shots for campus Peer Wellness Advocates. These MSMU peer coaches worked with fellow students to promote a healthier student life. The library viewed this opportunity as an opportunity to branch out to other students, who may never use the library.
Peer Wellness Advocate Training
In the Fall of 2017, the MSMU Wellness Department hired eighteen students to act as Peer Wellness Advocates for other MSMU students and to discuss wellness related issues and promote healthy campus life. We believed that working with these students, and training them to use reliable research resources, would be a valuable tool for their work. In November of 2017, Instruction and Outreach Librarian, Rebekah Tweed Fox, held three one-hour training sessions to teach the Peer Wellness Advocates the basics in how to navigate MedlinePlus. During these training sessions, she covered common “Googleable” questions, such as “how to treat symptoms of the common cold” and “common reasons for a headache.” Other highlights of the instruction session included navigating the Spanish language resources and how to locate printouts for students seeking specific information.
At the end of April, we followed up with our Peer Wellness Advocates to see how they used MedlinePlus throughout the spring semester. The students overwhelmingly agreed or strongly agreed that the training helped their ability to find useful health information, that they used at least one tool demonstrated in the session during the semester, and that they planned to use MedlinePlus in the future. We viewed this response as very positive feedback and will plan on hosting additional trainings for new Peer Wellness Advocates next fall.
Wellness in the Library Workshop and “Healthy Furniture”
MSMU Libraries used funds from the NNLM mini-award to purchase two standing desks, a bike peddler, an air stepper, two balance disks, two standing mats, and two standing desk converters. The libraries additionally used funds to design and order a poster and popup banner for use at future MSMU Wellness fairs. On Tuesday, March 23, we held a drop-in workshop in the McCarthy Library to promote MedlinePlus and showcase our new “healthy” furniture. We held the event shortly during and after a campus-wide farmers market. We thought this would help encourage students, with healthy eating on their minds, to stop by and try out the new furniture. We additionally held a raffle for two Hydro Flasks to encourage students to sit through a fifteen-minute discussion of MedlinePlus and to ask follow-up questions on how the website could be utilized. Overall, we had around twenty students drop in for the workshop. We received positive feedback on the new furniture, with multiple requests for more exercise equipment in various additional areas of the library.
In conclusion, we viewed all three aspects of our project as a success! Anyone wishing additional project information may feel free to contact at Rebekah Tweed Fox.
The National Library of Medicine has decided to discontinue PubMed Health effective October 31, 2018, as the majority of information it provides is available in more heavily used NLM resources, such as PubMed, Bookshelf, and MedlinePlus. By focusing attention on these highly used platforms, NLM will be able to better serve users and meet the needs for access to quality health and medical information.
PubMed Health was introduced eight years ago as a portal for systematic reviews as well as consumer health information. Systematic reviews have been, and will remain, findable through PubMed, and the full text (when available) will continue to be accessible through Bookshelf. One simple way to limit PubMed search results to systematic reviews is to mark the check box for them in “Customize” under “Article types,” located in the top left corner of the search results page. The decision to discontinue PubMed Health and focus on NLM highly used platforms aligns with the NLM Strategic Plan 2017-2027: A Platform for Biomedical Discovery and Data-Powered Health, which outlines interdependent goals, including Goal 2: to “Reach more people in more ways through enhanced dissemination and engagement pathways.”
Within the next year, PubMed will be adding “Systematic Review” as a Publication Type [pt], which will allow users to find systematic reviews by including the phrase in their search query (e.g., breast cancer AND systematic review[pt]). Also within the next year, PubMed will include a default check box for systematic reviews. You can get a sense of how that will look by visiting PubMed Labs, NLM’s Web site for experimenting with potential new features and interfaces for PubMed. Most of the consumer health information in PubMed Health, such as information on diseases, conditions and medications, is available through MedlinePlus. NLM remains fully committed to providing health information for patients and the general public. Key publications in PubMed Health that provide education on understanding and interpreting research, such as Know Your Chances: Understanding Health Statistics and Testing Treatments: Better Research Through Better Healthcare, will continue to be available on the Bookshelf.
Two National Library of Medicine websites have been honored with 2018 Communicator Awards from the Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts (AIVA), an assembly of professionals from various disciplines of the visual arts dedicated to embracing progress and the evolving nature of traditional and interactive media. In the award category for government websites, the website for the National Library of Medicine exhibition Graphic Medicine: Ill-Conceived and Well-Drawn! earned an award of excellence, and the website for the History of Medicine Division of the National Library of Medicine earned an award of distinction. Link Studio, an interactive design and medical illustration company, designed both websites in collaboration with National Library of Medicine staff.
The Exhibition Program of the National Library of Medicine creates lively and informative exhibitions and educational resources that enhance awareness of and appreciation for the collections of the National Library of Medicine. This most recent exhibition, Graphic Medicine: Ill-Conceived and Well-Drawn!, explores the emerging genre of medical literature that combines personal narratives and the comic medium. The special display on which the website is based, can be seen in the NLM’s History of Medicine Division reading room through January 3, 2019. The traveling adaptation of Graphic Medicine can be seen in libraries across the country. The History of Medicine Division of the National Library of Medicine collects, preserves, makes available, and interprets for diverse audiences one of the world’s richest collections of historical material related to health and disease. The website provides information about and access to the Library’s historical collections which span ten centuries, encompass a variety of digital and physical formats, and originate from nearly every part of the globe.
Registration for the first session of the NNLM Research Data Management Webinar Series is now available. Research Data Management Services: Beyond Analysis and Coding will be offered on Thursday, June 14, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT. The instructor will be Margaret Henderson, Health Sciences Librarian, San Diego State University Library.
Summary: There is more to RDM services than the technical skills necessary for data management. Soft skills and non-technical skills are very important when setting up RDM services, and continue to be important to the sustainability of services. Reference skills, relationship building, negotiation, listening, facilitating access to de-centralized resources, policy knowledge and assessment, are all important to the success of a service. Margaret Henderson will discuss these skills and show you how to start RDM services, even if you don’t feel confident about your statistical skills or knowledge of R.
For additional information or questions, contact Tony Nguyen.
Check out the May 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:
- Keep an Eye on Your Eyes: Technologies For Protecting Vision
The eyes are more than windows to the soul. With advances in eye health technology, they can also give a unique look into your health.
- Struggling to Hear? – Tiny Devices Can Keep You Connected
Many people slowly lose their hearing as they get older. Not being able to hear well can make it hard to communicate. That can affect your relationships, emotional well-being, and work performance.
- Health Capsule: Palliative Care For Serious Illness
Palliative care considers all aspects of your care. It isn’t only for treating pain and physical problems. It also provides help for coping with the psychological, spiritual, and social challenges of a serious illness.
- Health Capsule: Bystanders Can Save Lives During Cardiac Arrest
An AED is an automated external defibrillator. You can use this portable device to quickly shock someone’s heart and try to save their life if they collapse, have no pulse, and stop breathing.
- Featured Website: Brain for Life
NIH’s Brain for Life website is a one-stop shop to learn about the brain and the nervous system. You can also find answers to your questions about preventing and treating more than 400 disorders, including migraines, coma, stroke, back pain, and head injuries.
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 welcomes the newest member of the NLM Board of Regents: Carlos Roberto Jaén, MD, PhD. Dr. Jaén is chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. His research focuses on preventive care for people with chronic diseases including diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. From 2005-2008, he served on the National Advisory Council to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. To get to know him better, Dr. Jaén addressed the same questions posed to current Board members in February.
- Very briefly, what is your background?
I am a family physician, epidemiologist, and primary care health services researcher. My research, over the last 20 years, is focused on understanding “real world” primary care practices and how to best promote change towards improved patient-centered care.
- How did you feel when you received your invitation from the Secretary of HHS to serve on the Board of Regents?
I felt honored and a sense of responsibility to bring the voice of practicing primary care physicians, patients, and communities to the deliberations and implementation of the strategic plan of the National Library of Medicine.
- Why are you serving on the Board of Regents?
Because I believe that I can bring a needed perspective to the Board of Regents. NLM needs to be grounded in the needs of patients, families, and clinicians on the front lines. This need must be balanced with the goal of accelerating discovery and advancing health through data-driven research. Ultimately, we must use the best information and discoveries to address health and health care for all.
- Tell us something surprising about yourself.
As a native Panamanian, I love Latin dancing and playing Latin drums!
The Board of Regents serves as an advisory body to the secretary of Health and Human Services, the director of NIH, and the director of NLM on important aspects of policy regarding the Library. In addition, the Board is the final review body for NLM’s extramural grant program. It was established in 1956 by the same Act that created the National Library of Medicine. The Board meets three times a year in February, May, and September. The Board is currently comprised of eighteen members, including nine ex officio members.
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) have announced the opening of applications for the 2018-2019 Leadership Fellows Program, which is focused on preparing emerging leaders for the position of library director in academic health sciences libraries. The application deadline is June 15, 2018. Visit the informational brochure for full program details, listings of past years’ cohorts, and application instructions.
The purpose of the Leadership Fellows Program is to prepare emerging leaders for the position of library director in academic health sciences libraries. Fellows have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in a variety of learning settings, including exposure to leadership in another environment. They are paired with mentors who are academic health sciences library directors. The program takes advantage of flexible scheduling and an online learning community to minimize disruption to professional and personal schedules. The sponsors, NLM and AAHSL, will provide financial support for a small cohort of fellows and will underwrite travel and meeting expenses. The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program is designed for librarians with prior management experience. In most cases, a minimum of five years is the baseline for candidates to be given consideration. Applicants should have a strong interest in pursuing a directorship in academic health sciences libraries, regardless of the type of library background or current setting.
Both fellows and mentors have reported how valuable the program has been to them for their own personal growth as a leader and for shaping their career as an academic health sciences library director. The program has also had a high success rate with 53% of fellows being hired as academic health sciences library directors or interim directors, and many others being promoted to positions with higher administrative responsibilities.
Information for potential mentors is also available in the application brochure. Letters/emails of interest in becoming a mentor should be sent electronically to Pat Thibodeau by June 15, 2018.
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has announced the selection of its 2018-2019 class of Associate Fellows. The Associate Fellowship Program is a residency fellowship at NLM on the campus of the NIH in Bethesda, Maryland. The one-year program, beginning in September every year, offers a robust educational and leadership experience, ranging from formal lectures and presentations to projects in operations, research and development, policy, and data analysis, all within the context of the role of a national library on the national and international stage.
Joyce Backus, Associate Director for Library Operations, said about the incoming Associate Fellows,
“The 2018-2019 Associate Fellows cohort arrive at an exciting time for NLM and for biomedical libraries. NLM is embarking on an implementation of the NLM Strategic Plan 2017-2027: A Platform for Biomedical Discovery and Data-Powered Health. The Associate Fellowship Program is one component of the third pillar in NLM’s strategic plan foundation: inspire and empower the data-driven workforce of the future. We are looking forward to seeing and realizing with the Associate Fellows their next steps as the workforce of the future.”Stacy Brody
Stacy Brody received her MI degree from Rutgers University, School of Communication and Information, in May 2018. While completing her degree, Stacy worked for the Rutgers University Libraries, providing reference and instruction services for students and faculty. Additionally, she interned at the New York Botanical Gardens Mertz Library and Cornell University Mann Library. She holds a BS in Agriculture and Plant Science from Rutgers University.Sarah Clarke
Sarah Clarke received her MSLS degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania in 2017. While completing her degree, Ms. Clarke was employed as a contract librarian at the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), where she provided reference support, performed (animal alternatives) literature searches, and delivered interlibrary loan requests. Prior to working at USAMRIID, Ms. Clarke worked at the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command’s Office of Research Protections where she worked on projects tracking international 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
Amelia Llorens received her MSIS degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 2018. While completing her degree, Ms. Llorens 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
Cecelia Vetter received her MLIS degree from University of Maryland, College Park in 2018. While completing her degree, Ms. Vetter worked in the University of Maryland Special Collections and University Archives providing reference services, teaching information literacy sessions, and planning outreach events. At the University of Maryland, Ms. Vetter was also a Research and Teaching Fellow providing information literacy sessions to first year students and serving as a mentor to other MLIS students. Ms. Vetter has also interned at the Smithsonian Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology and holds a BA in art history and archaeology from Washington University in St. Louis.Paije Wilson
Paije Wilson received her MLIS degree from the University of Iowa in 2018. While completing her degree, Mrs. Wilson worked at the University of Iowa’s Special Collections Library as a graduate student processor, where she processed rare and archival materials and retrieved materials for researchers. She also worked as a research assistant for the University of Iowa’s Department of Dentistry, which entailed carrying out research requests and managing citations for a professor of pediatric dentistry. Additionally, Mrs. Wilson completed a mentorship with the Hardin Library for Health Sciences, where she shadowed medical librarians in their daily activities. Preceding graduate school, Mrs. Wilson worked as a part-time librarian at the Spirit Lake Public Library, and as a student reference librarian at Buena Vista University. Mrs. Wilson holds BA degree in English and a minor in biology from Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa.
Learning, Networking, and Sharing: Report on the April 10-11 NNLM Research Data Management Course Capstone Summit
by Andrea Lynch, MLIS
Scholarly Communications Librarian
Lee Graff Medical & Scientific Library
City of Hope
As part of the culmination of the NNLM Biomedical and Health Research Data Management for Librarians spring 2018 course (NNLM RDM course), a two-day Capstone Summit was held April 10-11, 2018, at the NIH campus in Bethesda, Md. Over 40 medical and health sciences librarians attended the impactful event, along with representatives from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and various team members from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) regional network offices. It was a great opportunity to meet (in-person) fellow cohort participants as well as to get to know our NLM and NNLM colleagues while getting feedback on our Capstone Project plans.Research Data Management Capstone Summit Attendees
The first day began with a meet & greet and a welcome from the NLM and NNLM representatives. We then had an opportunity to meet our mentors as well as fellow mentees supported by our assigned mentor. Then came the part of the event I was most anticipating, a presentation by NLM Director, Dr. Patricia Flatley Brennan. She highlighted the NLM Strategic Plan and addressed a myriad of questions. We then presented our Capstone Projects in small groups and received feedback from our peers and other course mentors. We enjoyed a delicious lunch, then went back to work participating in roundtable discussions on topics such as scalability and tools & technology supporting research data management programs and services. We were then fortunate enough to hear a presentation by a panel of experts at NLM and NIH, including Dr. Dina Demner-Fushman from NLM; Dr. Ben Busby of NCBI; and Lisa Federer of the NIH Library. We ended the day with an activity where we each wrote our best idea pertaining to research data management program success, and then collectively and anonymously rated each idea to come up with the handful of best ideas amongst the group.
The second day began with a group activity, with a goal of sharing our Capstone Project plans and getting high-level feedback. We then performed a group activity collecting aggregated feedback about the RDM course within small groups. Next up, Regina Raboin, Associate Director of the Lamar Soutter Library and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of eScience Librarianship (JeSLIB), presented an overview and recent changes pertaining to the journal. She encouraged the course participants to submit manuscripts detailing their Capstone Projects once completed. The final presentation was by Kevin Read and Alisa Surkis of NYU with case study highlights from the academic medical libraries who participated in a NNLM Middle Atlantic Region Pilot Project on research data management. The concluding remarks from Amanda Wilson from NLM’s National Network Coordinating Office, as well as Ann Glusker & Ann Madhavan from NNLM Pacific Northwest Region did a great job of synthesizing the event’s outcomes and inspiring us to forge ahead on our Capstone Projects!
The Capstone Projects are due at the end of August. So, be on the lookout for those updates from NNLM and/or the respective course cohort participants. If you are going to the Medical Library Association annual meeting this month, please attend Sheila Green’s Lighting Talk detailing her experience participating in the NNLM RDM course, which is scheduled on the afternoon of May 22, 2018 (Sheila is a speaker during the Lighting Talk #5 session from 3:00 to 4:25 p.m.). Also, visit NNLM’s RD3 website for interesting research data management developments and RDM-related news, updates, and initiatives. The NNLM Research Data Management Working Group is very active and will update the site regularly. Lastly, keep your eyes peeled for the JeSLIB special issue on research data management and for a database of Capstone project reports on the NNLM RD3 site.
On April 18, the National Library of Medicine released a new design and improved functionality for the Learning Resources Database. This database makes it easy to find educational resources for NLM products and services by allowing users to search multiple areas of the library through one search interface. This site focuses on recorded tutorials, videos, and Websites. Information about upcoming live classes and Webinars is now linked in the navigation bar.
The new design is meant to improve user experience and is based on user feedback. The backend database and search functions have also been rewritten, which should result in greater stability. An Application Programming Interface (API) is also available to auto-populate NLM learning resources on your own Web site. Documentation on how to use the API is available through the Help menu. Sample code and examples of pages currently utilizing the API are available under the Help’s API for Developers section.
Call for Applications Issued for the 2019 NLM Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine
In cooperation with the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences, the NLM is pleased to announce its call for applications for the 2019 NLM Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine, which supports research in the historical collections of the National Library of Medicine including but not limited to NLM’s collection of Michael E. DeBakey papers, which encompass the diverse areas in which DeBakey made a lasting impact, such as surgery, medical education, and health care policy, and includes material from the early 1900s to 2009. Overall, the NLM collections span ten centuries, encompass a variety of digital and physical formats, and originate from nearly every part of the globe. The Fellowship was established in 2016 and is supported by a generous gift from The DeBakey Medical Foundation.
Fellowships of up to $10,000 will be awarded to individual applicants, not to institutions, to help offset the costs associated with visiting and using the NLM collections, but may not be used for institutional costs or overhead (e.g. clerical costs, supplies, or other attendant project expenses). Applications are welcome from anyone over the age of eighteen, of any academic discipline and status. Non-U.S. citizens may apply. To submit an application, visit the online application portal, which is maintained by FAES in cooperation with the NLM. Details about the application process and required documents are available from the Fellowship website mentioned above. To receive consideration, all required materials must be submitted to FAES, via the online application portal, by midnight EDT, September 28, 2018. NLM will announce awards by the end of the calendar year.