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Read All About It: May is Mental Health Month

PNR All of Us - Thu, 2020-04-30 21:00

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought widespread stress and uncertainty which may take a toll on our mental health. What an appropriate time to recognize May as Mental Health Month. The NNLM Reading Club features three books to spark a book club discussion on different facets of mental health. On our Mental Health Resources page, you’ll find downloadable materials and program ideas to help educate and reduce the stigma often associated with mental health disorders. To learn more, visit the NNLM Reading Club. Choose a book, share the information, and start the conversation.

Little Panic by Amanda Stern l Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb l Hidden Valley Road by Robert Kolker

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Digital Literacy Resources from PLA and All of Us

SEA All of Us - Wed, 2020-04-29 12:44

In a time where we rely so heavily on digital connectivity, how can we ensure that library communities have the support they need to stay connected?

The Public Library Association (PLA), National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) and the All of Us Research Program (All of Us) have partnered together to create free resources for library staff to support their community’s digital literacy needs. Resources include a curriculum guide for library staff to teach digital literacy by using health topics and a series of online modules designed to teach basic Internet skills. Available in English and Spanish, the modules are designed to help new internet users navigate the online world.

Learn more about why digital literacy is so important to health, participate in virtual trainings, access free resources to help your library support digital health literacy, and promote your digital literacy training sessions to individuals in your community in partnership with NNLM and All of Us.

Visit nnlm.gov/allofus/digitalhealthliteracy to access these resources and opportunities and more!

Looking for more ways to engage your community around digital literacy?

Try promoting citizen science as a way for your community to practice digital literacy skills, learn about factors that impact health, and contribute meaningful data to scientific research!

To get started, check out our online course “Introduction to Citizen Science,” a free, online class developed in partnership with SciStarter. This course is for any member of the public who is interested in learning about citizen science and how they can participate in citizen science activities both online and in-person.

Visit scistarter.org/nlm to access citizen science resources.

NNLM invites you to learn and share innovative ways to continue supporting the digital literacy needs of your communities with your colleagues in the NNLM network.

These opportunities have been brought to you in partnership with All of Us, a national research program seeking one million or more people from across the United States to help speed up medical research. Learn more about All of Us at joinallofus.org/internetskills.

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Citizen Science & Alzheimer’s Disease

PNR All of Us - Sun, 2020-04-26 21:00

Stall Catchers is an easy online game developed to help accelerate Alzheimer’s research. The game was created by the scientists at Cornell University to support their EyesOnAlz research project. According to the SciStarter.org project description, Stall Catchers focuses on one aspect of Alzheimer’s Disease: reduced blood flow in the brain. This symptom of Alzheimer’s has been known about for years, but, until now, nobody knew why reduced blood flow happens in the brain. Scientists are now finding a connection between blood flow and memory and they are testing that connection by inviting ordinary people to help by playing a simple game called Stall Catchers. When blood flow is stuck, the scientists call that a “stall” thus the name of the game, “Stall Catchers.”

How does it work? Stall Catchers’ participants watch videos of mice brains and “catch” blood flow stalls. Not a neuroscientist or animal biologist? No worries, participants are taught how to score blood vessels as “flowing” or “stalled.” Responses are shared with the EyesOnAlz scientists who use this data to help them fully understand how stalls are contributing to Alzheimer’s. The goal is to use this knowledge to uncover potential treatment targets in the brain. To play, participants, need a Smartphone (or computer) and an internet connection. This citizen science project is important, easy and fun!

So, who’s ready to advance scientific discovery from the comfort of their living room and help Alzheimer’s research?  Stall Catchers, that’s who!

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Digital Literacy and Health: Free Resources for Libraries

PNR All of Us - Fri, 2020-04-17 12:19
In a time where we rely so heavily on digital connectivity, how can we ensure that library communities have the support they need to stay connected?

The Public Library Association (PLA), National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) and the All of Us Research Program (All of Us) have partnered together to create free resources for library staff to support their community’s digital literacy needs. Resources include a curriculum guide for library staff to teach digital literacy by using health topics and a series of online modules designed to teach basic Internet skills. Available in English and Spanish, the modules are designed to help new internet users navigate the online world.

Learn more about why digital literacy is so important to health, participate in virtual trainings, access free resources to help your library support digital health literacy, and promote your digital literacy training sessions to individuals in your community in partnership with NNLM and All of Us.

Visit nnlm.gov/allofus/digitalhealthliteracy to access these resources and opportunities and more!

Looking for more ways to engage your community around digital literacy?

Try promoting citizen science as a way for your community to practice digital literacy skills, learn about factors that impact health, and contribute meaningful data to scientific research!

To get started, check out our online course “Introduction to Citizen Science,” a free, online class developed in partnership with SciStarter. This course is for any member of the public who is interested in learning about citizen science and how they can participate in citizen science activities both online and in-person.

Visit scistarter.org/nlm to access citizen science resources.

NNLM invites you to learn and share innovative ways to continue supporting the digital literacy needs of your communities with your colleagues in the NNLM network.

These opportunities have been brought to you in partnership with All of Us, a national research program seeking one million or more people from across the United States to help speed up medical research. Learn more about All of Us at joinallofus.org/internetskills.

 

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Free Citizen Science Kits: Test the Waters

PNR All of Us - Thu, 2020-04-16 15:54

In collaboration with Cornerstones of Science, NNLM is offering a new resource to public libraries to help library staff support citizen science outreach efforts in local communities through a fun, accessible and loanable kit for families. The Test The Waters Family Exploration Kit  is available now during Citizen Science month (April 2020). Within each kit are four family-friendly citizen science water-themed activities and all the instructions and materials needed to conduct each activity.

The kits are shipped free to the first 500 requesting libraries. They come in a lockable plastic tote and can fit on a typical library shelf. If your library is closed, no worries – you can specify when it ships. That said, kits must be requested by April 30, 2020. To request your kit, click here.

The collaboration with Cornerstones of Science is part of NNLM’s partnership with the NIH All of Us Research Program which seeks to shine a light on citizen science as a means to connect people with research that has real-world impact.

 

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FREE Citizen Science Program Kits for New England Libraries

NER All of Us - Tue, 2020-04-14 09:39

Do you run programs at your library?
Interested in receiving a FREE Citizen Science Program Kit?

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region (NNLM NER) has partnered with SciStarter (https://scistarter.org/nlm) to support Citizen Science programming in libraries

The NNLM NER is offering all types of libraries in New England a FREE Citizen Science Program Kit.

Sign up to receive a completely FREE citizen science kit for your library with this form (https://forms.gle/yP8qpcwQ2MQq3jFS8)  

 

Citizen Science is the involvement of the public in scientific research – whether community-driven research or global investigations. Programming Kits will introduce people from all walks of life to the field of citizen science and to hundreds of opportunities to get involved. Citizen science is an amazing way to participate in research efforts, and it can often be done from a mobile device, from one’s home, or from a library. Libraries are ideal partners for citizen scientists! Participants can expect to learn how to support citizen science in their communities and ways that libraries can easily participate.

Citizen science library programs are perfect for all ages, and all types of libraries. No prior scientific knowledge is required, simply a willingness to participate!

More citizen science resources are available from NNLM

More citizen science resources are available from SciStarter

Please contact Martha Meacham (martha.meacham2@umassmed.edu – 508.856.1267) with any questions or for more information.

adult and child doing citizen science project

 

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Library Support at ETSU Health Fairs and CME Events

SEA All of Us - Thu, 2020-04-09 14:16

Guest Post By: Emily Weyant, East Tennessee State University

Librarians at East Tennessee State University (ETSU) regularly exhibit at conferences and health fairs promoting NNLM products as well as those from other legitimate educational, government, and non-profit organizations. In effort to extend this outreach, librarians proposed a series of exhibits to take place in early 2020 at local health fairs and continuing medical education (CME) events in Johnson City, TN. Specific events identified included the Corazón Latino Festival, Men’s Health Fair, CME events for primary care and pediatrics, plus county based health fairs run by medical students from the Quillen College of Medicine (QCoM).

ETSU librarians

ETSU librarians and library staff attend the opening of the Color My World Healthy Library at the Carver Recreation Center in Johnson City, TN. Left to Right: Kelly Loyd, Martha Whaley, Sylvester Renner, Elaine Evans, Rachel Walden, Rick Wallace, Emily Weyant, Nakia Woodward, and Marty Conley.

Funding was procured from NNLM to facilitate the printing of consumer health handouts for these events. Unfortunately, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, many of the planned events were postponed or cancelled. Prior to this, librarians were able to attend two events in February: “An Evening of Health, Wellness and the Arts: Hidden challenges: Deaf singer/songwriter Mandy Harvey to share story, music,” held at the Millennium Center, and the “Color My World Healthy Health Fair” at the Carver Community Recreation Center, both in Johnson City, TN. Both of these events allowed librarians to network with the community as well as other departments at the College of Medicine. Materials already procured for the postponed or canceled events will be used for relevant community outreach performed by the library as soon as it is permissible.

Exhibiting at local events affords librarians the opportunity to both learn from their surroundings and enact positive changes. While exhibiting, librarians interact with their local residents and are able to learn more about the needs of their community. Librarians also expose attendees to medical librarianship, which educates the public on what medical libraries do and how they function within their communities. An added benefit of exhibiting at local events is interacting with other departments from one’s own university. Frequently departments that do not have time or need to interact with one another on campus may run into each other while at an outside event and create new connections that were previously unexplored. QCoM librarians have experienced this type of networking in the past and have pulled new teaching and research opportunities from these encounters.

Setting up exhibits at local health fairs, or events held by one’s university, can frequently be a cost-effective way of making your library’s presence known both within and outside of your institution. Often the cost of exhibiting at university events is nonexistent except for materials while local events may request exhibitor fees of varying degrees depending on event and location. Although these outreach efforts have been placed on hold for the time being, QCoM librarians look forward to returning to public service when safe and appropriate.

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Citizen Science Needs You! Help Fight COVID-19

PNR All of Us - Sun, 2020-04-05 21:00

During Citizen Science Month, NNLM PNR is featuring simple, health-related citizen science projects that you can lead as either a virtual library program event; share through your library’s social media; or for you to do as a private citizen. NLM has partnered with SciStarter.org to bring you these important projects. This week, we feature a vitally important project called “The COVID-19 Citizen Science Project.”

It’s no secret we’ve all been touched by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of us are sheltering in place while continuing to support our communities: We’re expanding access to online library resources and offering virtual programming as we work remotely or from within our closed libraries. ”Stressful” is an understatement. Yet while we work, thoughts of COVID-19 are never far from mind.

This is where the collective impact of citizen science provides a tangible way to help. The COVID-19 Citizen Science (CCS)  project has just been launched by physician-scientists at the University of California San Francisco, offering a way for people from every walk of life to help in the battle against this virus. The project seeks ordinary people age 18 or over to help advance scientists’ understanding of the disease. All that’s needed to participate is a smartphone and the ability to download the app.

The project’s goal is to learn what behaviors slow the spread of the virus and what factors increase or lessen the long-term health impacts of COVID-19. Through the project’s app, participants self-report their symptoms daily (healthy or not) and complete simple surveys. People have the option to provide their location, allowing researchers to determine how geography may affect the spread of infection.

In return, researchers will share updates, create and post maps related to reported behaviors and symptoms, and inform participants of what they discover. The more who participate, the better and more reliable the data, so scientists encourage participants to share the project with at least five other individuals. Libraries are perfectly positioned to help spread the word.  To host a virtual library event, share on social media or participate, visit: SciStarter’s COVID-19 Citizen Science or the COVID-19 Citizen Science Project.

Important note: In deciding to participate myself, I learned it’s best to request the App directly from either SciStarter’s website or from the COVID-19 Citizen Science Project’s website via your Smartphone rather than through the Apple Store or Google Play.

 

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Science anytime, anywhere: Celebrate Citizen Science Month with the NNLM Reading Club

PNR All of Us - Tue, 2020-03-31 21:00

Diary of a Citizen Scientist: Chasing Tiger Beetles and Other New Ways of Engaging the World by Sharman Apt Russell l The Crowd and the Cosmo: Adventures in the Zooniverse by Chris Lintott l Citizen Scientist: Searching for Heroes in an Age of Extinction by Mary Ellen Hannibal

Citizen science is collaborative research done by everyday people, anytime, anywhere, to help answer questions scientists can’t answer alone. In order to turn curiosity into impact, Citizen Science Month is recognized annually in April to promote all things citizen science. Libraries can serve as a hub for citizen science in their communities by mobilizing patrons to get involved in collecting data and spreading the word about their efforts, and participants can develop a deeper engagement in scientific and health literacy through their active involvement in the scientific process. There are many citizen science projects that can be done in a backyard or from home. Our friends at SciStarter have easy citizen science ideas to share and even some health-related projects selected in collaboration with NLM.

To learn more, visit NNLM Reading Club Book Selections and Health Resources: Citizen Science. Choose one of the three featured books. Then either host a virtual book club discussion or, when your library reopens, download the discussion guide, promotional materials, and corresponding health information. Short on time? No worries! Apply for a a free NNLM Reading Club Book Kit.

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CDC Resources: COVID-19

BHIC All of Us - Mon, 2020-03-30 10:00

The CDC is the most reliable and up-to-date source to find information about COVID-19. Here are some tips for staying healthy and preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Take steps to protect yourself from the virus:

  1. Clean your hands often and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  2. Avoid close contact with people who are sick and put distance between yourself and others.

Take steps to protect others from the virus:

  1. Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
  2. Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing and immediately wash your hands.
  3. Wear a facemask if you are sick – if you are NOT sick, you do not need to wear a mask unless you are caring for someone who is sick.
  4. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. 

You can find more information about COVID-19 here.

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#citeNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon Training

BHIC All of Us - Mon, 2020-03-30 10:00

This April, join the National Network of Libraries of Medicine for the spring 2020 #citeNLM Edit-a-thon as we add citations to Wikipedia articles on preventive health and wellness using trusted National Library of Medicine resources like Genetics Home Reference, MedlinePlus, and PubMed.

In this hands-on training, attendees will gain an overview of:

– The importance of Wikipedia as a health information resource

– The ongoing #citeNLM Wikipedia project

– How to participate in a #citeNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

– Hosting an edit-a-thon for your community

– Adding citations from trusted National Library of Medicine resources

For more information about #citeNLM and to join the spring 2020 campaign, visit our project page at https://nnlm.gov/wiki.

Class Date: April 2, 2020 at 2:00PM ET

Register here.

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April is Citizen Science Month

BHIC All of Us - Mon, 2020-03-30 10:00

Citizen Science Month is observed annually in April to celebrate and promote all things citizen science: amazing discoveries, incredible volunteers, hardworking practitioners, inspiring projects, and anything else citizen science-related! This global celebration includes events hosted by libraries, institutions, community groups, museums, and individuals all around the world.

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) has partnered with SciStarter to support Citizen Science Month in April 2020. In 2019, the two organizations worked collaboratively to promote Citizen Science Day in libraries, to increase awareness of citizen science in communities across the nation, and help individuals explore the impact of their environment on health.

In 2020, during the month of April, NNLM and SciStarter seek to host citizen science activities in select cities and would like to engage the NNLM community in this effort.

Learn more here.

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Creating a Diverse Archive: Lessons in Community Engagement from StoryCorps

SEA All of Us - Mon, 2020-03-23 15:23

This post was originally featured on the NNLM PNR Dragonfly blog

NNLM is partnering with the Public Library Association (PLA) to offer the free webinar “Creating a Diverse Archive: Lessons in Community Engagement from StoryCorps.”

When: Wednesday, March 25 2 PM ET/1 PM CT

Join StoryCorps, the national oral history project, for an in-depth look at how to engage your community and local stakeholders through storytelling.StoryCorps Logo Each year, StoryCorps collaborates with hundreds of community partners in order to record and preserve diverse voices from across the U.S. In this webinar, we’ll share insights from our partnership model, discuss StoryCorps’ efforts to create a representative archive, and provide best practices and case studies for engaging your library community through storytelling. Sponsored by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine/All of Us Community Engagement Network.

For more information and to register, please visit: http://www.ala.org/pla/education/onlinelearning/webinars/storycorps

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