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Weekly Postings

Fri, 2020-03-27 11:11

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Spotlight

COVID-19 is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation.
Get the latest public health information from CDC: https://www.coronavirus.gov
Get the latest research information from NIH: https://www.nih.gov/coronavirus

10 Ways to Stay Connected During the COVID-19 Pandemic – Working remotely and want to stay involved? Looking for ways to participate in classes and events while practicing social distancing? Check out NNLM MAR’s list of ways to stay connected!

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

Funding Deadline Extended: The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR) invites applications for health information outreach and programming projects. Review our available awards and submit your proposal by April 30 at 12:00 PM ET.

NNLM’s Spring Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon focusing on Preventative Health & Wellness will take place on Thursday, April 30. Get ready to #citeNLM by joining MAR and SEA for a training webinar on April 2 to learn more about participating in the edit-a-thon or hosting your own event!

Still lending in DOCLINE? Let your Colleagues Know – DOCLINE Talkline

Interested in the CHIS Certification? Learn from Someone Who Received It! – MCR News

Participate in a Pandemic Response Hackathon This Weekend! – The Pandemic Response Hackathon is a virtual hackathon aimed at better understanding and mitigating the spread of COVID-19 and future pandemics. The goal is to bring public health professionals alongside the technology community’s talent to contribute to the world’s response to the pandemic. The hackathon will kick off March 27-29, with continued support for developing projects. – MARquee News Highlights

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NLM/NIH News

The National Library of Medicine expands access to coronavirus literature through PubMed Central – The National Library of Medicine (NLM), part of the National Institutes of Health, is working on multiple fronts to aid in the COVID-19 response through new initiatives with the global publishing community and artificial intelligence researchers. NLM is expanding access to scientific papers on coronavirus for researchers, care providers, and the public, and for text-mining research. This work makes use of NLM’s PubMed Central® (PMC), a digital archive of peer-reviewed biomedical and life sciences literature. PMC currently provides access to nearly 6 million full-text journal articles.

How Does a Library Respond to a Global Health Crisis? – Around the world, scientists, public health officials, medical professionals, and others are working to address the coronavirus pandemic. NLM has been working on multiple fronts to improve researchers’ understanding of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes the novel coronavirus) and aid in the response to COVID-19 (the disease caused by the novel coronavirus). By enhancing access to relevant data and information, NLM is demonstrating how libraries can contribute in real time to research and response efforts during this crisis. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Archiving Web Content on the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) – The National Library of Medicine is archiving web and social media documenting the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak as part of the Library’s ongoing Global Health Events web archive collection. NLM’s Web Collecting and Archiving Working Group began this effort on January 30 when the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC), and will continue to develop the collection throughout its duration. – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

Genomic Study Points to Natural Origin of COVID-19 – No matter where you go online these days, there’s bound to be discussion of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Some folks are even making outrageous claims that the new coronavirus causing the pandemic was engineered in a lab and deliberately released to make people sick. A new study debunks such claims by providing scientific evidence that this novel coronavirus arose naturally. – NIH Director’s Blog

Subscribe to the NLM Technical Bulletin for the latest updates on NLM tools you may be using! The current issue recently highlighted continued updates to the New PubMed.

NLM Welcomes Applications to its Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine for 2021 – The NLM Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine provides up to $10,000 to support onsite research in the historical collections of the National Library of Medicine. To receive consideration, all required materials must be submitted to the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES), via the online application portal, by midnight ET, September 25, 2020. Selected fellows will be notified and awards will be announced in December.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

NNLM and NLM classes are free and open to all. Please feel free to share our training opportunities!

April 2020

Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library – April 1-29, 2020 – Sponsored by the MidContinental Region (MCR), this hands-on class will cover the health information seeking behavior of consumers, and the role of the librarian in the provision of health information for the public. Come learn about the evolution of consumer health, health literacy and the e-patient. Participants will leave equipped with knowledge of top consumer health sites, discuss creative ideas for health information outreach, and the class will wrap up with an opportunity to explore effective marketing approaches and develop an elevator speech.

Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles – April 1-May 13, 2020 – Join the Pacific Southwest and Southeastern Atlantic Regions (PSR/SEA) for a 6-week course that helps health sciences librarians understand the issues of big data in clinical outcomes, and what roles health sciences librarians can take on in this service area. The course will provide an overview of data science, talk about big data from a systems perspective, dig into how big data impacts patients and researchers, help participants think about the role of librarians in supporting big data initiatives, and finish with an opportunity for you to develop an action plan based on course content. The class will be taught via Moodle and includes short readings, videos, and activities. This class has been approved for 6 hours of continuing education credits by the Medical Library Association.

#citeNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon Training – April 2, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – 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. In preparation for the edit-a-thon, join the Middle and Southeastern Atlantic Regions (MAR/SEA) for this hands-on training to gain an overview of the importance of Wikipedia as a health information resource, more about the ongoing #citeNLM Wikipedia project, how to participate in a #citeNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, hosting an edit-a-thon for your community, and adding citations from trusted National Library of Medicine resources.

Activate, Collaborate, and Educate: Health Outreach and Programming for Summer Reading! – April 7, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – For a second year, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine has partnered with the Collaborative Summer Library Program to bring health programming to your library for Summer Reading! For Imagine Your Story 2020 we have incorporated fairy tales, mythology, and fantasy into program plans for nutrition, nature walks, graphic medicine, dental health storytime, and more. During this one-hour webinar with the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), attendees will be introduced to small and large health programming ideas that can be used for Summer Reading 2020 and beyond. Intended for those who work in public libraries, but open for anyone who is interested in health programming.

Supporting Open Science in Health Science Libraries: Sharing Strategies for Sustainability and Success – April 9, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR), in this webinar two health sciences librarians will provide an overview of open science services (OSS) and research in libraries and outline the challenges encountered in supporting researchers in this space. This presentation will engage attendees in a discussion of how libraries can build on their support of open science by aligning programs and services with the goals of their research communities and institutions. As practitioners, the presenters will also share ideas around adopting sustainable “open” approaches into their own work and research.

Connecting Communities to Health Information: Graphic Medicine Kits at the Public Library – April 15, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – To combat health misinformation and stigma, Darien Library in Connecticut created Graphic Medicine Kits to circulate within their community. During this webinar with the New England Region (NER), hear about the creation, promotion, and circulation of these kits, successes and potential improvements in the process, and the NNLM grant that made it all possible.

Make it Work—Managing Your Solo or Small Hospital Library – April 15, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – Whether you work by yourself or with a small staff, the nitty-gritty of successfully delivering your services can be challenging. Join the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR) and two successful solos in this webinar as they discuss the importance of building partnerships throughout their organization, staying visible and valuable, all at the best possible price.

Beyond the Binary: Health Resources for Sexual and Gender Minorities – April 17-May 15, 2020 – Sponsored by the Pacific Southwest and Greater Midwest Regions (PSR/GMR), this course will provide culturally sensitive health information resources for Sexual and Gender Minorities (SGM) populations and the librarians, health care practitioners, and others who support them. Participants are eligible for 4 MLA CE, applicable to a Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS).

On-Demand Learning

Looking for self-paced learning opportunities? Check out the classes below that are available to begin at any time! You can also watch recordings from past NNLM classes on a broad range of topics.

A Bird’s Eye View of Health Data Standards – This one-hour training session with videos and exercises is intended to introduce you to health data standards and how they are used, including relevant National Library of Medicine (NLM) products and services.

Bibliometric Training – Provided by the NIH Library, this series is a collection of thirteen free online videos that introduce viewers to the theories and practices of bibliometric analysis, as implemented by the NIH Library’s bibliometric service program. The goal of the series is to show how NIH does bibliometrics for research evaluation, to act as a springboard for others to get started with bibliometrics so that they feel more comfortable moving beyond this series on their own.

Chemicals, Drugs, Genetics: Searching PubMed and Beyond Online On Demand – This specialized class will help improve your effectiveness in searching PubMed and related NLM and NIH databases for literature information on chemicals, drugs and genetics. The course begins with searchinag PubMed for drug information with MeSH terms, Supplementary Concept Records (SCR), and Pharmacologic Actions (PA). Additional topics include searching related databases for drug information, chemicals and with chemical nomenclature, and lliterature related to genetics and genomics.

Dissemination and Disasters: Using Information to Save Lives – This hour-long, asynchronous course will introduce you to the four phases of emergency management. You’ll be shown demonstrations on how to utilize tools from the National Library of Medicine to access life saving information about hurricanes, opioids, radiological incidents, and chemical spills. Specifically, demos of MedlinePlus, DisasterLit, REMM, and WISER will be shown.

Drug Terminologies and RxNorm – This course will introduce you to the basic concepts of medical terminologies (including what they are and why they are important), followed by a deep dive into RxNorm, an NLM-authored medical terminology specializing in drug information.

Finding and Using Health Statistics – Written by staff at AcademyHealth and provided by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, this tutorial on finding and using health statistics is aimed at students, librarians, and other professionals interested in an introduction to the principles behind health statistics.

Getting the Right Information to Patients Using MedlinePlus Connect – This one-hour training session with videos and exercises is intended to introduce you to what MedlinePlus Connect does and how, and point you to resources for implementing MedlinePlus Connect at your institution.

Grants and Proposal Writing – Designed for beginning grant proposal writers, this class presents a general overview of the grant and funding processes as well as the level of detail required in a successful proposal.

In Case of Emergencies: Continuity of Operations (COOP) Planning – Provided by the NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC), this asynchronous online course defines and describes COOP planning, why it is important for libraries to have a continuity plan, and provides a one-page COOP plan template with instructions that librarians or information specialists can use to develop their own plan.

Introduction to Health Reference: Ethics and Best Practices – Learn how to conduct a health reference interview using ethical and effective communication strategies through interactive, self-paced tutorials and a synthesis exercise.

MedlinePlus for Public Librarians – This hands-on, narrated tutorial explains why MedlinePlus should be the first choice for public librarians when answering health information questions. The class takes about an hour to complete and provides an auto-generated certificate of completion at the end.

Online Resources to Support Evidence-Based Practice on Population Health – This course is designed to teach public health professionals and librarians to use MedlinePlus, PubMed, and HSRProj to find reliable health information and data related to population health and Healthy People 2020.

PubMed Essentials – Are you looking for a way to kick start your PubMed search skills? PubMed Essentials is made up of 9 very short video-modules with built-in, interactive exercises so you can explore PubMed at your own pace.

Serving Diverse Communities – this three-part series of online trainings is focused on accessing health information resources related to working with diverse communities, including accessing health information in multiple languages, finding data on health disparities, and building cultural competence and humility into the workplace.

*Please note that the class registration system requires obtaining an NNLM account prior to registration. Learn how to register for classes from the NTO.

Other Items of Interest

Job Postings:

  • NNLM Project Director, NLM Office of Engagement and Training, Bethesda, MD
  • Informationist, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, Academic Health Sciences Libraries, Danville, PA

How Medical Librarians Are Handling the Coronavirus Crisis – Library Journal

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® is just around the corner, March 30-April 5, 2020. There are several ways you can get involved to SHATTER THE MYTHS® about drugs and alcohol, even if your organization is closed or operating remotely!

  • Play the new Kahoot! games with an online class, or encourage students to play the games individually.
  • Take the National Drug & Alcohol IQ Challenge. Test students’ knowledge about drugs and alcohol with this short, interactive quiz available in English and Spanish that can be used on mobile devices.
  • Participate in the Drug Facts Challenge!, an interactive game using scientific facts about the brain and addiction, marijuana, vaping, and more.
  • Follow #NDAFW on Twitter and share messages about drugs and alcohol during the NDAFW Tweetstorm on March 30 at 3:00 PM ET. You can also participate in a Twitter Trivia Challenge on April 3 at 3:00 PM ET.
  • Take advantage of free, science-based resources students can use at home, including toolkits and activity ideas on various topics; science- and standards-based classroom lessons and multimedia activities on teens and drugs; and the recently updated Mind Matters series, which helps teachers explain to students the effects of various drugs on the brain and body.
  • Check out the NIDA Toolkit for Out of School Time. This toolkit offers science-based activities and resources on drug use and addiction for educating teens during out of school time.
  • See the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s online guide for additional free materials, activities, and more!

Call to Action: Public Libraries and the Opioid Crisis – March 31, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Public libraries are respected local institutions that connect community members to credible information and services. As community anchor institutions, libraries are leveraging their assets in response to the opioid crisis that has gripped the country. After 16 months of research, OCLC, and the Public Library Association have released a call to action on how libraries can address the opioid crisis in their communities. Sponsored by WebJunction, Panelists in this webinar will share resources, including ideas for organizations to partner with, additional perspectives to consider, and strategies for getting started.

Make Fun of Learning! Game-Based Learning for Student Success – April 15, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – This course will explore the use of games in the classroom to enhance student participation and learning. The instructor will discuss the differences between gamification and game-based learning, why those distinctions are important, and the psychology behind both philosophies. Participants will learn how to spot opportunities for games in their own classrooms, the board game design process, and when games are appropriate in a class setting. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

MAR Postings is a comprehensive weekly news series authored by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR)

Categories: RML Blogs

10 Ways to Stay Connected During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Thu, 2020-03-26 13:49

Working remotely and want to stay involved? Looking for ways to participate in classes and events while practicing social distancing? If so, here is a list of ways to stay connected!

  • Take on-demand classes offered by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) or Public Library Association (PLA). NNLM class topics include evaluation basics, grant and proposal writing, PubMed essentials, and many more!
  • Attend one or more of the upcoming webinars hosted by NNLM, Every Library Institute, or the Medical Library Association (MLA). Both single and multi-week courses are available to participate in.
  • Participate in the #citeNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon this April. The objective of #citeNLM is to improve the credibility and content of medical and health-related articles on Wikipedia by adding citations and information from National Library of Medicine (NLM) sources. The spring #citeNLM campaign period will run from April 1-30, 2020. Host your own event during the campaign period or join us for our virtual #citeNLM Edit-a-thon on Thursday, April 30.
  • Attend the virtual Pandemic Response Hackathon March 27-29 hosted by Datavent. The hackathon is aimed at better understanding and mitigating the spread of COVID-19 and future pandemics. Public health experts, clinicians, and health care workers will be working alongside the technology community (e.g., engineers, back-end and front-end software developers, data scientists; product managers, UX designers, etc.) to contribute to the world’s response to the pandemic. Online registration for the hackathon remains open.
  • Keep your body and mind energized by exercising at home! The National Institute on Aging‘s (NIA) exercise and physical activities page includes links to several resources and videos that are appropriate for all ages.
  • Attend a virtual conference. During the week of April 13-17, the Association of College & Research Libraries Distance Learning Section (ACRL DLS) is hosting a virtual poster session. Posters may focus on successes and failures in teaching distance and online students, instructional techniques and approaches, and the tools and technologies used by librarians teaching virtually. Other virtual conferences taking place include the 2020 Community Oncology Conference (April 23-24) and American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting (dates TBD).
  • Contribute to a blog. NNLM MAR is always interested in learning about health outreach projects and activities that are happening in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Delaware. Currently, we would love to hear about how you are connecting with your patrons and/or community members during the pandemic. Share your story with us to receive a Member Highlight on the MARquee! Other blogs like YALSAblog and The Hub are always looking for content as well. Please note: Blog submissions to NNLM MAR must be a minimum of 200 words (preferably in 3 paragraphs).
  • Start a virtual book club for your patrons or community members. The NNLM Reading Club has several pre-selected books with discussion guides and promotional materials available. Topics cover a variety of National Health Observances. If you’re a virtual book club newbie, there are several free guides available online that may be useful to you.
  • Participate in citizen science projects online. Invite your community to participate in projects that advance research on human and environmental health on the SciStarter website.
  • Move your National Public Health Week (NPHW) activities online. NPHW is April 6-12, 2020 and the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) events are going all-digital. The APHA’s NPHW website has tips on how to move your activities online and incorporating daily themes into your COVID-19 messaging.

We hope that you find these resources to be useful over the next several weeks.

Wishing you all the best of health!

Regards,

The NNLM MAR Staff

Categories: RML Blogs

Participate in a Pandemic Response Hackathon This Weekend!

Tue, 2020-03-24 11:39

Convened by Datavant in collaboration with the U.S. Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), the American Public Health Association, Komodo Health, Prognos, Mapbox, and Immuta, the Pandemic Response Hackathon is a virtual hackathon aimed at better understanding and mitigating the spread of COVID-19 and future pandemics. The goal is to bring public health professionals alongside the technology community’s talent to contribute to the world’s response to the pandemic. Hackathon projects will be formulated and judged by an interdisciplinary panel of public health, health IT, and policy experts. The hackathon will kick off March 27-29, with continued support for developing projects.

Who can participate?

The organizers of the Pandemic Response Hackathon are looking for:

  • Builders – technologists such as engineers, back-end and front-end software developers, data scientists; product managers, and UX designers who wish to contribute.
  • Public health experts, clinicians, and health care workers, who have project ideas that would be useful, who can serve as subject matter experts providing real world context, and who can provide product, process, and policy feedback.
What types of projects will be included?

Projects will be divided into four tracks. The organizers are seeking submissions for ideas in these four tracks, which will be curated ahead of the event to inspire specific project ideas.

  • Public Health Information Sharing. For example, tools for local governments to share information with citizens, tools for information exchange between healthcare professionals, tools for information sharing with patients, etc.
  • Epidemiology & Science of the Disease. For example, information sharing tools between researchers investigating the disease; novel use of data sets to understand the rate of spread of the disease; tools to facilitate clinical trial recruitment and operations for COVID-19 studies; etc.
  • Keeping our Health Workers Safe. For example, workload coordination tools; information sharing tools with best practices; etc.
  • Second-Order Societal Impacts. For example, projects to address mental well-being at nursing homes in light of restricted visitors; ways to help curate public health information and curb disinformation

Visit the Pandemic Response Hackathon website to register for the event, see ideas that have already been submitted, submit your own ideas, and get answers to questions about building your team or joining an existing project.

Categories: RML Blogs

Weekly Postings

Fri, 2020-03-20 11:43

See something of interest? Please share our postings with colleagues in your institutions!

Spotlight

COVID-19 is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation.
Get the latest public health information from CDC: https://www.coronavirus.gov
Get the latest research information from NIH: https://www.nih.gov/coronavirus

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

Funding Deadline Extended: The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR) invites applications for health information outreach and programming projects. Review our available awards and submit your proposal by April 30 at 12:00 PM ET.

NNLM’s Spring Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon focusing on Preventative Health & Wellness will take place on Thursday, April 30. Get ready to #citeNLM by joining MAR and SEA for a training webinar on April 2 to learn more about participating in the edit-a-thon or hosting your own event!

NLM Interlibrary Loan Online Only – DOCLINE Talkline

National Health Service Corps Scholarship Applications Available! – Newsbits from PSR

Disaster Resource Planning for Public Libraries: Mobile Computer Lab to Augment Capabilities – SEA Currents

A Special Message to Our Members – MARquee News Highlights

NLM/NIH News

Individual and Organizational Health Literacy: A Key to the Future of Health – As a concept, health literacy has generated much attention and debate over the past 15 years. In 2004, the Institute of Medicine released Health Literacy: A Prescription to End Confusion. This report laid the groundwork for the idea that health literacy is more than the capacity of an individual to obtain, process, and understand the basic health information needed to make appropriate health decisions. Health literacy also involves system-level factors such as education, health services, and social and cultural influences. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

New Investigators on the NLM Block! – Read how NLM’s newest investigators are advancing discovery through exhilarating research. – NLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

The Contraceptive Pill: Up for Debate in 1969 and Beyond – The National Library of Medicine (NLM) produced a series of nine educational films in 1969–1970 called “Concepts and Controversies in Modern Medicine.” One of the topics that producers chose was G.D. Searle’s Enovid pill, which had been approved by the FDA for contraceptive use in 1960. – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

To Beat COVID-19, Social Distancing is a Must – Even in less challenging times, many of us try to avoid close contact with someone who is sneezing, coughing, or running a fever to avoid getting sick ourselves. Our attention to such issues has now been dramatically heightened by the emergence of a novel coronavirus causing a pandemic of an illness known as COVID-19. – NIH Director’s Blog

Subscribe to the NLM Technical Bulletin for the latest updates on NLM tools you may be using! The current issue recently highlighted PubMed Essentials, a series of brief, on-demand, interactive lessons for students, health care professionals, and researchers looking for quick training on the new PubMed.

NLM Welcomes Applications to its Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine for 2021 – The NLM Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine provides up to $10,000 to support onsite research in the historical collections of the National Library of Medicine. To receive consideration, all required materials must be submitted to the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES), via the online application portal, by midnight ET, September 25, 2020. Selected fellows will be notified and awards will be announced in December.

NIH News in Health: Read the March 2020 issue, featuring, “Maintain Your Muscle: Strength Training at Any Age,” and, “Finger Numbness: Could It Be Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?” Other topics include improving care through telehealth, alcohol-related death, and Asian-language resources.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

NNLM and NLM classes are free and open to all. Please feel free to share our training opportunities!

March 2020

Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library – March 24, 2:00-4:00 PM ET – Join the Southeastern Atlantic Region (SEA) for this class that will teach you the basics of providing consumer health information at your library, from the health reference interview and planning your own health program, to free health resources from the National Library of Medicine and other trustworthy sources. Participants are eligible for 2 MLA CE, applicable to a Consumer Health Information Specialization.

Caring for the Mind: Providing Mental Health Information At Your Library – March 24, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Responding to questions involving topics on mental health is challenging even for the most experienced librarian. Join the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) for this webinar to learn how to effectively provide mental health information at your library. Participants will learn about the best electronic resources to consult as well as ways to improve their print collections. Best approaches for handling interactions with emotional patrons will also be discussed. Other topics covered include: bibliotherapy; assessment/testing; and the future of mental health.

Host or Facilitate Remote, Live-Streamed Citizen Science Events in a Pinch – March 25, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Making the most out of social distancing: live-streamed citizen science to the rescue! Are you planning an in-person Citizen Science Month event in April? Looking to host a virtual event, or transition your previously in-person event to a virtual format? Then this is the virtual training for you! The Science Friday and SciStarter teams will share tips to facilitate citizen science virtual events for schools and general audiences in April.

NLM’s History of Medicine Division: A Treasure Trove of Medical Materials – March 25, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Join the MidContinental Region (MCR) for this next installment of Resource Picks, NNLM’s collaborative, bimonthly, webcast series featuring the National Library of Medicine resources. The National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) History of Medicine Division has one of the world’s richest collections of historical material related to health and disease. Their holdings, in a variety of digital and physical formats, spans ten centuries from nearly every part of the globe. In this session you will learn how the History of Medicine Division approaches acquisition and conservation; discover hidden treasures in the collection, and get to know who uses this vast collection.

April 2020

#citeNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon Training – April 2, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – 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. In preparation for the edit-a-thon, join the Middle and Southeastern Atlantic Regions (MAR/SEA) for this hands-on training to gain an overview of the importance of Wikipedia as a health information resource, more about the ongoing #citeNLM Wikipedia project, how to participate in a #citeNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, hosting an edit-a-thon for your community, and adding citations from trusted National Library of Medicine resources.

Activate, Collaborate, and Educate: Health Outreach and Programming for Summer Reading! – April 7, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – For a second year, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine has partnered with the Collaborative Summer Library Program to bring health programming to your library for Summer Reading! For Imagine Your Story 2020 we have incorporated fairy tales, mythology, and fantasy into program plans for nutrition, nature walks, graphic medicine, dental health storytime, and more. During this one-hour webinar with the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), attendees will be introduced to small and large health programming ideas that can be used for Summer Reading 2020 and beyond. Intended for those who work in public libraries, but open for anyone who is interested in health programming.

Nicotine, It’s a Brain Changer – April 8, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Nicotine is a highly addictive neurotoxin. Join the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) and guest presenters to explore the effects of nicotine on the adolescent brain, review Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) products, methods and content, learn about the health risks of using ENDS, and review current resources for treating nicotine dependence.

Supporting Open Science in Health Science Libraries: Sharing Strategies for Sustainability and Success – April 9, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR), in this webinar two health sciences librarians will provide an overview of open science services (OSS) and research in libraries and outline the challenges encountered in supporting researchers in this space. This presentation will engage attendees in a discussion of how libraries can build on their support of open science by aligning programs and services with the goals of their research communities and institutions. As practitioners, the presenters will also share ideas around adopting sustainable “open” approaches into their own work and research.

Connecting Communities to Health Information: Graphic Medicine Kits at the Public Library – April 15, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – To combat health misinformation and stigma, Darien Library in Connecticut created Graphic Medicine Kits to circulate within their community. During this webinar with the New England Region (NER), hear about the creation, promotion, and circulation of these kits, successes and potential improvements in the process, and the NNLM grant that made it all possible.

Make it Work—Managing Your Solo or Small Hospital Library – April 15, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – Whether you work by yourself or with a small staff, the nitty-gritty of successfully delivering your services can be challenging. Join the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR) and two successful solos in this webinar as they discuss the importance of building partnerships throughout their organization, staying visible and valuable, all at the best possible price.

On-Demand Learning

Looking for self-paced learning opportunities? Check out the classes below that are available to begin at any time! You can also watch recordings from past NNLM classes on a broad range of topics.

A Bird’s Eye View of Health Data Standards – This one-hour training session with videos and exercises is intended to introduce you to health data standards and how they are used, including relevant National Library of Medicine (NLM) products and services.

Bibliometric Training – Provided by the NIH Library, this series is a collection of thirteen free online videos that introduce viewers to the theories and practices of bibliometric analysis, as implemented by the NIH Library’s bibliometric service program. The goal of the series is to show how NIH does bibliometrics for research evaluation, to act as a springboard for others to get started with bibliometrics so that they feel more comfortable moving beyond this series on their own.

Chemicals, Drugs, Genetics: Searching PubMed and Beyond Online On Demand – This specialized class will help improve your effectiveness in searching PubMed and related NLM and NIH databases for literature information on chemicals, drugs and genetics. The course begins with searchinag PubMed for drug information with MeSH terms, Supplementary Concept Records (SCR), and Pharmacologic Actions (PA). Additional topics include searching related databases for drug information, chemicals and with chemical nomenclature, and lliterature related to genetics and genomics.

Dissemination and Disasters: Using Information to Save Lives – This hour-long, asynchronous course will introduce you to the four phases of emergency management. You’ll be shown demonstrations on how to utilize tools from the National Library of Medicine to access life saving information about hurricanes, opioids, radiological incidents, and chemical spills. Specifically, demos of MedlinePlus, DisasterLit, REMM, and WISER will be shown.

Drug Terminologies and RxNorm – This course will introduce you to the basic concepts of medical terminologies (including what they are and why they are important), followed by a deep dive into RxNorm, an NLM-authored medical terminology specializing in drug information.

Finding and Using Health Statistics – Written by staff at AcademyHealth and provided by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, this tutorial on finding and using health statistics is aimed at students, librarians, and other professionals interested in an introduction to the principles behind health statistics.

Getting the Right Information to Patients Using MedlinePlus Connect – This one-hour training session with videos and exercises is intended to introduce you to what MedlinePlus Connect does and how, and point you to resources for implementing MedlinePlus Connect at your institution.

Grants and Proposal Writing – Designed for beginning grant proposal writers, this class presents a general overview of the grant and funding processes as well as the level of detail required in a successful proposal.

In Case of Emergencies: Continuity of Operations (COOP) Planning – Provided by the NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC), this asynchronous online course defines and describes COOP planning, why it is important for libraries to have a continuity plan, and provides a one-page COOP plan template with instructions that librarians or information specialists can use to develop their own plan.

Introduction to Health Reference: Ethics and Best Practices – Learn how to conduct a health reference interview using ethical and effective communication strategies through interactive, self-paced tutorials and a synthesis exercise.

MedlinePlus for Public Librarians – This hands-on, narrated tutorial explains why MedlinePlus should be the first choice for public librarians when answering health information questions. The class takes about an hour to complete and provides an auto-generated certificate of completion at the end.

Online Resources to Support Evidence-Based Practice on Population Health – This course is designed to teach public health professionals and librarians to use MedlinePlus, PubMed, and HSRProj to find reliable health information and data related to population health and Healthy People 2020.

PubMed Essentials – Are you looking for a way to kick start your PubMed search skills? PubMed Essentials is made up of 9 very short video-modules with built-in, interactive exercises so you can explore PubMed at your own pace.

Serving Diverse Communities – this three-part series of online trainings is focused on accessing health information resources related to working with diverse communities, including accessing health information in multiple languages, finding data on health disparities, and building cultural competence and humility into the workplace.

*Please note that the class registration system requires obtaining an NNLM account prior to registration. Learn how to register for classes from the NTO.

Other Items of Interest

Job Postings:

Rural Libraries Help Communities Access Health Information – Rural Health Information hub

Pandemic! NLM Resources for Librarians to Assist Researchers and the Public in Understanding the Coronavirus and Influenza – March 25, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) with guest speakers from the National Library of Medicine, join this webinar to learn how to locate and navigate the consumer health resources in MedlinePlus, NLM’s disaster health resources on Coronavirus and influenza, and understand the types of data freely-available through the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) resources for the influenza virus and SARS-CoV-2 to guide researchers to the most relevant information.

Creating a Diverse Archive: Lessons in Community Engagement from StoryCorps – March 25, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Join StoryCorps, the national oral history project, for an in-depth look at how to engage your community and local stakeholders through storytelling. Each year, StoryCorps collaborates with hundreds of community partners in order to record and preserve diverse voices from across the U.S. This webinar will share insights from StoryCorps’s 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.

Basic Statistics for Research Design – March 25, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – If you want to do research or assessment and are confused by statistics, this webinar is for you. You will gain an overview of five common statistical tests and practical guidance on choosing which to apply when. This practical approach targets key basics to keep in mind when choosing a test to answer a research or assessment question. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

Call to Action: Public Libraries and the Opioid Crisis – March 31, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Public libraries are respected local institutions that connect community members to credible information and services. As community anchor institutions, libraries are leveraging their assets in response to the opioid crisis that has gripped the country. After 16 months of research, OCLC, and the Public Library Association have released a call to action on how libraries can address the opioid crisis in their communities. Sponsored by WebJunction, Panelists in this webinar will share resources, including ideas for organizations to partner with, additional perspectives to consider, and strategies for getting started.

Make Fun of Learning! Game-Based Learning for Student Success – April 15, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – This course will explore the use of games in the classroom to enhance student participation and learning. The instructor will discuss the differences between gamification and game-based learning, why those distinctions are important, and the psychology behind both philosophies. Participants will learn how to spot opportunities for games in their own classrooms, the board game design process, and when games are appropriate in a class setting. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

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A Special Message to Our Members

Mon, 2020-03-16 12:15

Dear National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region members:

At the beginning of last week, I was planning on publishing an article about NNLM MAR’s annual report to our funding agency, the National Library of Medicine. NNLM MAR staff, subawardees and members have accomplished great things in the past year.

Between May 1, 2019 and February 1, 2020, NNLM MAR staff and subawardees provided 264 outreach activities for 10,222 participants. 54% of NNLM MAR’s 1148 member organizations were actively engaged in the work of the Network. You: ordered program kits and informational materials; applied for funding; updated your records; participated in resource sharing programs, such as NNLM Delivery; hosted us for site visits and trainings; and asked us questions about New PubMed.

As of March 16, 2020, NNLM MAR staff will be largely working from home until further notice. For now, orders of NNLM Reading Kits and informational materials will not be filled. We also will not be conducting in-person visits or trainings. I want to assure you that we are still available to our members. We have a slate of online trainings scheduled and many others available on YouTube. We will be extending the deadline for 2020-2021 funding applications to April 30. After that, we will review applications on a rolling basis until available funds are expended. Current awardees: We need a bit of time to look at what our/your options are for completing award activities. I will be sending some guidance to all by the end of this week or early next week.

For now, the best way to contact us is through email. You can email individual staff members directly or write to nnlmmar@pitt.edu to be connected.

For information about COVID-19, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases websites to receive the latest updates on the virus, what you should know, what you can do to prevent the spread of the disease and more. You can also sign up for the CDC’s newsletter to receive weekly updates about COVID-19.

We look forward to seeing you all again in-person soon. In the meantime, I wish the best of health to you all.

Kate

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In the Region

Wed, 2020-03-11 08:00

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR) staff are always working on something new! Whether we’re developing and teaching classes, exhibiting or presenting at conferences, visiting our Members and Partners, or spending time in the office, our work focuses on advancing the progress of medicine and improving public health through access to health information. Read about some of our more recent activities, highlighted below, to learn what your Regional Medical Library is doing to support health outreach and programming in New York, New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania.

Erin Seger, Sharing Quality Information During an Outbreak: Many public health departments across the country are on alert as the number of cases of COVID-19 increase in the United States. Unfortunately, as a disease spreads, it seems that misinformation does as well. Luckily, health professionals and librarians can go to the National Library of Medicine homepage for high quality resources about this outbreak. There are several NLM resources that provide information about COVID-19: Disaster Lit offers useful, timely information for health departments and others addressing the outbreak, while MedlinePlus offers information they can provide to their communities. PubMed, ClinicalTrials.gov, and other tools are also linked to provide a variety of information. Last week, the National Academy of Medicine also published an article titled, COVID-19: An Urgent Call for Coordinated, Trusted Sources to Tell Everyone What They Need to Know and Do. I suggest checking these out to ensure that you’re well informed!

Michelle Burda, Promoting Good Nutrition: March is National Nutrition Month with the 2020 theme Eat Right, Bite by Bite. To celebrate this observance, I will be teaching a one-hour webinar, Food for Thought: Exploring Nutrition Information Resources. This class is designed to assist librarians, public health workers, health professionals, and the general public in locating authoritative information on nutrition, and topics relating to nutrition. Participants are eligible for 1 continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association (MLA), and this class is also applicable to a MLA Consumer Health Information Specialization. As always, this NNLM class is completely free for anyone to attend, so if you want to learn more about nutrition and quality nutrition information resources, please register and join me on March 19 at 1:30 PM ET!

Kelsey Cowles, Countering Health Misinformation: Tess Wilson and I recently had the pleasure of attending MisinfoCon 2020 at the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Washington, DC. Speakers and attendees included academic researchers, employees of public health nonprofits, representatives from companies like Facebook, government experts, journalists, librarians, and more. This interdisciplinary conference created a perfect atmosphere for collaboration in addressing the problem of health misinformation on the internet, with particular attention focused on combating anti-vaccine messages and the rapid spread of Coronavirus-related misinformation. Presenters discussed how misinformation spreads on social media, how both regular people and experts can act most effectively to correct it, how journalists can fight fake health news, how fact-checking organizations work, and why misinformation can be so appealing. A more detailed write-up is forthcoming!

Michael Balkenhol, Promoting Mental Health and Wellness: I recently attended the Public Library Association Conference in Nashville, TN. I was introduced to several new fantastic resources that NNLM MAR’s Community Engagement Coordinator, Tess Wilson will share in our upcoming webinar, Caring for the Mind: Providing Mental Health Information At Your Library on Tuesday, March 24 at 3:00 PM ET. It was great to meet and speak with so many public library workers who are working to meet their patrons where they are, including those experiencing trauma, homelessness, and/or mental illness. The webinar will be recorded and all registrants will be notified via email when the recording, slides, and handouts are available. Register today!

Tess Wilson, Variations on Community Engagement: Last week, I was a guest lecturer for a Community Engagement class within the University of Pittsburgh’s LIS program. We used the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Threat Modeling framework to examine the information-seeking practices and concerns of different communities, and we explored some of the NNLM’s recommended community health data resources. I will also represent NNLM MAR at Pitt’s Community Engaged Scholarship Forum. This day-long workshop explores a wide variety of community work happening on campus and in the city at large.

Kate Flewelling, Share Back: Last week I read with interest, Call to Action: Public Libraries and the Opioid Crisis, an excellent report by the Public Library Association and WebJunction, with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. I especially enjoyed reading the excellent and detailed case studies of how libraries big and small, rural and urban, have responded. I highly recommend reading the report and case studies, then consider applying for NNLM MAR funding to support information-driven campaigns in your community.

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Member Spotlight: Western New York Library Resources Council

Mon, 2020-03-09 08:00

The Western New York Library Resources Council (WNYLRC) is a not-for-profit consortium of libraries and library systems serving 6 counties of Western New York. WNYLRC is a member-driven organization serving all types of libraries including public, academic, school, and special libraries. As recipients of a recent All of Us Community Engagement Award, Heidi Ziemer, Grace Di Virgilio, and Olivia Helfer are hoping to jumpstart health literacy for librarians in the region. Heidi has been an integral part of the Council for 30 years, most recently the Continuing Education Coordinator, and now as the Outreach and Digital Services Coordinator. Grace and Olivia co-coordinate the Hospital Library Services Program (HLSP), and while Grace has been part of HLSP for over 20 years, Olivia joined the team 6 years ago.

Olivia Helfer, Heidi Ziemer, and Grace Di Virgilio

Olivia Helfer, Heidi Ziemer, and Grace Di Virgilio

For Grace and Olivia, NLM resources are a part of their daily information arsenal. From PubMed to Pillbox to ClinicalTrials.gov, they regularly use and promote these incredible, freely available resources. In addition to sharing resources with hospital staff, Olivia also provides the public with information about NLM resources at outreach events where she represents the Committee for Health Information Access (CHIA). Through CHIA, the public is introduced to consumer-facing NLM resources such as MedlinePlus and Genetics Home Reference.

WNYLRC has been a member of NNLM MAR for several years. On behalf of WNYLRC, Grace has received multiple professional development awards, welcoming NNLM MAR trainers to Buffalo to teach consumer health classes. Our most recent endeavor, to create a more health literate community, would not be possible without the assistance and guidance of those working at NNLM MAR. Through this award, we are partnering with public, school, and special libraries across Western New York to help staff earn their Consumer Health Information Specialization as well as give them funds to hold health-focused programs at their libraries. Though this is an ongoing initiative, we have had positive feedback from many librarians who are glad they have had the opportunity to learn about such useful health resources. We have also been encouraged by the interest shown from our area state legislators about the importance of hospital library resources as well as consumer health resources, especially for our distressed urban and rural areas. We anticipate the information learned by these librarians to continue to impact the public, from children to adults, for years to come. Thanks for making this sort of long-term, impactful change possible, NNLM MAR!

Written with contributions from Heidi Ziemer, Grace Di Virgilio, and Olivia Helfer of WNYLRC, for the Winter 2020 edition of The MAReport quarterly newsletter.

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Weekly Postings

Fri, 2020-03-06 11:58

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Spotlight

Funding Available Now! The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR) invites applications for health information outreach and programming projects. Review our available awards and resources, and submit your proposal by April 10 at 12:00 PM ET.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

Celebrate Nutrition with the NNLM Reading Club – Looking for easy and free health programming? Check out the latest NNLM Reading Club book kit, which includes book selections, a discussion guide, and materials to talk about nutrition.

NNLM Human Genetics Film Kit: The NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network (CEN) is providing film kits to up to 250 public libraries across the United States. Promote health literacy in your community with four films, discussion guides, and customizable marketing materials designed to support public libraries in raising scientific literacy and awareness of precision medicine. Applications are open until March 16.

NNLM’s Spring Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon focusing on Preventative Health & Wellness will take place on Thursday, April 30. Get ready to #citeNLM by joining MAR and SEA for a training webinar on April 2 to learn more about participating in the edit-a-thon or hosting your own in-person event!

Happy Birthday DOCLINE 6! – DOCLINE Talkline

NNLM Supporting Citizen Science Month at Public Libraries

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine has expanded its partnership with SciStarter to support Citizen Science Month in April 2020! Through citizen science and crowdsourcing, NNLM can engage communities in addressing societal needs and accelerating biomedical science, technology, and innovation. Community participation in the research process also builds trust between NNLM and the communities that we serve. SciStarter and NLM have put together a curated and publicly accessible page of activities to support Citizen Science month and other related activities in your community – featured projects address environmental and health issues through citizen science.

Do you run programs at your library? Interested in receiving a free Citizen Science Program Kit? During the month of April, NNLM and SciStarter seek to host citizen science activities in select cities. Weekly webinars for the library community will be available leading up to the month of April, for programming support and Citizen Science questions. Sign up today to receive a program kit with instructions for facilitating an event at your library!

NLM/NIH News

Share Your Thoughts on NIH’s Research Priorities – The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is developing its next NIH-Wide Strategic Plan, and we’re asking for your input. This plan will help NIH capitalize on new opportunities for scientific exploration. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Structural Biology Points Way to Coronavirus Vaccine – an NIH-funded team of researchers has created the first atomic-scale map of a promising protein target for vaccine development – the so-called spike protein on the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19. – NIH Director’s Blog

Subscribe to the NLM Technical Bulletin for the latest updates on NLM tools you may be using! The current issue recently announced updated eligibility guidelines and library responsibilities in DOCLINE. The most significant change is that the number of journals required to join DOCLINE has been reduced to ten, enabling more libraries to participate. NNLM Members can contact the DOCLINE Coordination Office with questions or concerns.

Request for Information: ClinicalTrials.gov Modernization – The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is requesting public comment to guide efforts to enhance and better support the users of ClinicalTrials.gov, the world’s largest public clinical research registry and results database. The deadline to submit a response is March 14, 2020.

NLM Welcomes Applications to its Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine for 2021 – The NLM Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine provides up to $10,000 to support onsite research in the historical collections of the National Library of Medicine. To receive consideration, all required materials must be submitted to the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES), via the online application portal, by midnight ET, September 25, 2020. Selected fellows will be notified and awards will be announced in December.

NIH News in Health: The March 2020 issue is now available, featuring, “Maintain Your Muscle: Strength Training at Any Age,” and, “Finger Numbness: Could It Be Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?” Other topics include improving care through telehealth, alcohol-related death, and Asian-language resources.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

NNLM and NLM classes are free and open to all. Please feel free to share our training opportunities!

March 2020

Stronger Together: Advocacy and Inclusivity, Public Libraries and The Autism Community – March 12, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Greater Midwest Region (GMR), this webinar will provide a panel discussion with three guest speakers about library services for the Autism community. Hear from library and community advocates about their passion for youth services and inclusive programming.

Health Literacy in an Academic Environment – March 17, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) outlines a vision for organizations and professionals to take an active role in improving health literacy. Several of its underlying goals are applicable to libraries, including those in higher education. A great opportunity exists for college and university libraries to provide high-quality health information while simultaneously educating students on how to select and use credible health information. Academic libraries independently, or in collaboration with public health services, can disseminate accurate health information and build campus-wide partnerships to improve health literacy. Sponsored by the Southeastern Atlantic Region (SEA), this webinar will highlight how a library from a mid-size university was able to collaborate with the university’s health service center to promote health literacy.

The DNA to Z of Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing: Separating Fact from Fiction – March 17, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – In the past few years, direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic tests have skyrocketed in popularity, with millions of people sending in samples to companies for tests purporting to reveal secrets about their ancestry, physical health, and more. Sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), this class will provide an overview of the history and current state of DTC genetic testing and explore the differences between various types of tests. It will also assess the veracity of claims commonly made by testing companies. Challenges surrounding these tests, including concerns about privacy, accuracy, and more, will be examined. Attendees will learn where to find essential background information about genetics needed to understand DTC tests and how to locate more advanced professional assistance.

Food for Thought: Exploring Nutrition Information Resources – March 19, 1:30-2:30 PM ET – Sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), this one hour class is designed to assist librarians, public health workers, health professionals, and the general public in locating authoritative information on nutrition and topics relating to nutrition. Background information on the importance of nutrition as related to other health-related topics will be discussed. NLM, NIH and other government agency resources for locating nutrition-related statistics and evidence-based practice will also be identified.

Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library – March 24, 2:00-4:00 PM ET – Join the Southeastern Atlantic Region (SEA) for this class that will teach you the basics of providing consumer health information at your library, from the health reference interview and planning your own health program, to free health resources from the National Library of Medicine and other trustworthy sources. Participants are eligible for 2 MLA CE, applicable to a Consumer Health Information Specialization.

Caring for the Mind: Providing Mental Health Information At Your Library – March 24, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Responding to questions involving topics on mental health is challenging even for the most experienced librarian. Join the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) for this webinar to learn how to effectively provide mental health information at your library. Participants will learn about the best electronic resources to consult as well as ways to improve their print collections. Best approaches for handling interactions with emotional patrons will also be discussed. Other topics covered include: bibliotherapy; assessment/testing; and the future of mental health.

NLM’s History of Medicine Division: A Treasure Trove of Medical Materials – March 25, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Join the MidContinental Region (MCR) for this next installment of Resource Picks, NNLM’s collaborative, bimonthly, webcast series featuring the National Library of Medicine resources. The National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) History of Medicine Division has one of the world’s richest collections of historical material related to health and disease. Their holdings, in a variety of digital and physical formats, spans ten centuries from nearly every part of the globe. In this session you will learn how the History of Medicine Division approaches acquisition and conservation; discover hidden treasures in the collection, and get to know who uses this vast collection.

April 2020

#citeNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon Training – April 2, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – 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. In preparation for the edit-a-thon, join the Middle and Southeastern Atlantic Regions (MAR/SEA) for this hands-on training to gain an overview of the importance of Wikipedia as a health information resource, more about the ongoing #citeNLM Wikipedia project, how to participate in a #citeNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, hosting an edit-a-thon for your community, and adding citations from trusted National Library of Medicine resources.

Activate, Collaborate, and Educate: Health Outreach and Programming for Summer Reading! – April 7, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – For a second year, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine has partnered with the Collaborative Summer Library Program to bring health programming to your library for Summer Reading! For Imagine Your Story 2020 we have incorporated fairy tales, mythology, and fantasy into program plans for nutrition, nature walks, graphic medicine, dental health storytime, and more. During this one-hour webinar with the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), attendees will be introduced to small and large health programming ideas that can be used for Summer Reading 2020 and beyond. Intended for those who work in public libraries, but open for anyone who is interested in health programming.

Nicotine, It’s a Brain Changer – April 8, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Nicotine is a highly addictive neurotoxin. Join the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) and guest presenters to explore the effects of nicotine on the adolescent brain, review Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) products, methods and content, learn about the health risks of using ENDS, and review current resources for treating nicotine dependence.

Supporting Open Science in Health Science Libraries: Sharing Strategies for Sustainability and Success – April 9, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR), in this webinar two health sciences librarians will provide an overview of open science services (OSS) and research in libraries and outline the challenges encountered in supporting researchers in this space. This presentation will engage attendees in a discussion of how libraries can build on their support of open science by aligning programs and services with the goals of their research communities and institutions. As practitioners, the presenters will also share ideas around adopting sustainable “open” approaches into their own work and research.

Wellness in the Library Workplace – April 20-May 3, 2020 – You’re a library worker – you’re already helping those in your community find health information. What are you doing to manage your own well-being? Individual and community well-being are inherently connected. Thus, it is critical that workplaces be an area of wellness for their employees. Join the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) for this asynchronous online course to discover ways to improve your own personal well-being and create a healthy workplace. If you are a supervisor, how are you helping to ensure your staff stays healthy (physically, emotionally, etc.)? This class will also discuss ways to increase overall wellness for all staff in libraries so that we have happy, healthy and safe work environments.

*Please note that the class registration system requires obtaining an NNLM account prior to registration. Learn how to register for classes from the NTO.

Other Items of Interest

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® is just around the corner, March 30-April 5, 2020. There are several ways you can get involved to SHATTER THE MYTHS® about drugs and alcohol!

Strategies for Recruiting and Retaining Librarians of Color – March 12, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Join The African American Medical Library Alliance Caucus (AAMLA) for this webinar, featuring three guest speakers, on the importance of recruiting and retaining underrepresented or minoritized librarians. Twanna Hodge will discuss the recruitment process for library residencies and recruitment strategies for early career BIPOC librarians. Tamara Nelson will discuss intentional recruiting of diverse candidates using direct strategies to recruit librarians of color that goes beyond just only posting the position, including ways to be proactive. Alan R. Bailey will discuss practices academic libraries should follow to create a welcoming and inclusive workplace – a workplace that embraces diversity and fosters success for all librarians but specifically those from diverse populations.

Finding Toxicology-related Information in 2020 Using PubChem and Other NLM Resources – March 17, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – TOXNET (the TOXicology Data NETwork) was retired on December 16, 2019 as part of the reorganization associated with NLM’s current strategic plan. Most of TOXNET’s databases have been incorporated into other NLM resources, e.g., PubChem and Bookshelf, or continue to be available elsewhere. This webinar will describe where former users of TOXNET can now go for information, and provide an overview and examples of the toxicology- and chemical safety-related information now available in PubChem.

Basic Statistics for Research Design – March 25, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – If you want to do research or assessment and are confused by statistics, this webinar is for you. You will gain an overview of five common statistical tests and practical guidance on choosing which to apply when. This practical approach targets key basics to keep in mind when choosing a test to answer a research or assessment question. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

Pandemic! NLM Resources for Librarians to Assist Researchers and the Public in Understanding the Coronavirus and Influenza – March 25, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) with guest speakers from the National Library of Medicine, join this webinar to learn how to locate and navigate the consumer health resources in MedlinePlus, NLM’s disaster health resources on Coronavirus and influenza, and understand the types of data freely-available through the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) resources for the influenza virus and SARS-CoV-2 to guide researchers to the most relevant information.

Call to Action: Public Libraries and the Opioid Crisis – March 31, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Public libraries are respected local institutions that connect community members to credible information and services. As community anchor institutions, libraries are leveraging their assets in response to the opioid crisis that has gripped the country. After 16 months of research, OCLC, and the Public Library Association have released a call to action on how libraries can address the opioid crisis in their communities. Sponsored by WebJunction, Panelists in this webinar will share resources, including ideas for organizations to partner with, additional perspectives to consider, and strategies for getting started.

Make Fun of Learning! Game-Based Learning for Student Success – April 15, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – This course will explore the use of games in the classroom to enhance student participation and learning. The instructor will discuss the differences between gamification and game-based learning, why those distinctions are important, and the psychology behind both philosophies. Participants will learn how to spot opportunities for games in their own classrooms, the board game design process, and when games are appropriate in a class setting. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

University of Utah Summer Teacher Institute – The University of Utah will be hosting a 6.5-day “Health and Science for All” workshop this summer for Elementary, Middle and High School life science and health teachers. Participants will develop engaging ways to communicate with the public about important science and health topics related to the All of Us Research Program, and to support program goals. Applications are being accepted through March 15, 2020.

2020 Public Health Learning Forum & TRAIN Learning Network Annual Meeting – Join the Public Health Foundation (PHF) and TRAIN Learning Network at the 2020 Public Health Learning Forum & TRAIN Learning Network Annual Meeting, May 4-7, in Pittsburgh, PA. Working Together, Training Together: Public Health, Emergency Preparedness, and Healthcare is this year’s meeting theme and highlights effective practices in workforce development, online learning, and learning platform administration across the health sector. This four-day event features the latest innovations in health workforce training and presentations from the individuals leading these transformative initiatives.

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Celebrate Nutrition with the NNLM Reading Club

Mon, 2020-03-02 07:00

Good nutrition, combined with physical activity, can help you to reach and maintain a healthy weight, reduce your risk of chronic diseases, and promote your overall health. Unfortunately, social factors such as poverty or inadequate food options may lead to obesity, malnourishment, and poor health. National Nutrition Month®, recognized each year during the month of March, focuses on the importance of making informed food choices, developing sound eating habits, and raising awareness of food insecurity.

To spark the conversation, check out the NNLM Reading Club Book Selections and Health Resources for Nutrition. Choose one of the three featured books:

  • Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food – Tenth Anniversary Edition by Barbara Kingsolver
  • In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto by Michael Pollan
  • Delicious!: A Novel by Ruth Reichl

For each of the featured book selections, you can download the discussion guide, promotional materials and corresponding health information. Short on time? No worries! Apply for a free NNLM Reading Club Book kit that includes everything you need to host a book club, delivered to your institution.

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Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food – Tenth Anniversary Edition by Barbara Kingsolver l
In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto by Michael Pollan l Delicious!: A Novel by Ruth Reichl

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Weekly Postings

Fri, 2020-02-28 15:05

See something of interest? Please share our postings with colleagues in your institutions!

Spotlight

Read the MAReport: This quarter, Tess Wilson wrote about the intersection of digital and health literacy in her article, “Bridging the Digital Divide in Public Housing Communities,” which highlights an NNLM MAR-funded program that provides access to mobile computing labs for public housing residents.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

Help us improve nnlm.gov: If you have visited our website to look for training or funding opportunities, find resources on health topics, update your Membership record, order free materials, or even to contact us for assistance, we want to hear about your experience! All NNLM users are encouraged to provide feedback by completing a brief survey about the features and functions of our website. The survey will be open for response through February 29, 2020.

NNLM Human Genetics Film Kit: The NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network (CEN) is providing film kits to up to 250 public libraries across the United States. Promote health literacy in your community with four films, discussion guides, and customizable marketing materials designed to support public libraries in raising scientific literacy and awareness of precision medicine. Applications are open until March 16.

Funding Available Now! The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR) invites applications for health information outreach and programming projects. Review our available awards and resources, and submit your proposal by April 10 at 12:00 PM ET.

NNLM’s Spring Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon focusing on Preventative Health & Wellness will take place on Thursday, April 30. Get ready to #citeNLM by joining MAR and SEA for a training webinar on April 2 to learn more about participating in the edit-a-thon or hosting your own in-person event!

DOCLINE Beta Test Participants Needed – DOCLINE Talkline

A Guide to COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) for Public Libraries – Midwest Matters, from GMR

NLM/NIH News

What Does Black History Month Mean to Me? – Learn what NLM is doing to foster health equity among African Americans, particularly African American women. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Living Content: Digitizing Magnetic Media at NLM – The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has been adding film and video titles to the NLM Digital Collections database for about seven years. The more material NLM is able to place online, the easier it is for people to find and view our rare collection no matter where they are on the globe. – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

Seven Questions for a Rare Disease Warrior – In raising awareness of rare diseases, Dr. Francis Collins interviews David Fajgenbaum, immunologist and NIH grantee, for his perspective on rare diseases as a doctor, patient, researcher, and advocate. – NIH Director’s Blog

Subscribe to the NLM Technical Bulletin for the latest updates on NLM tools you may be using! The current issue recently announced updated eligibility guidelines and library responsibilities in DOCLINE. The most significant change is that the number of journals required to join DOCLINE has been reduced to ten, enabling more libraries to participate. NNLM Members can contact the DOCLINE Coordination Office with questions or concerns.

Request for Information: ClinicalTrials.gov Modernization – The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is requesting public comment to guide efforts to enhance and better support the users of ClinicalTrials.gov, the world’s largest public clinical research registry and results database. The deadline to submit a response is March 14, 2020.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

NNLM and NLM classes are free and open to all. Please feel free to share our training opportunities!

March 2020

Health Statistics on the Web – March 5, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), this course focuses on the location, selection, and effective use of statistics relevant to health on the local, state, national, and international levels. The importance and relevance of health statistics in various contexts will be discussed. Participants will have the opportunity to become familiar with the features and scope of several statistics Internet resources through the use of numerous exercises. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1 total Category I contact education contact hour. Participants are also eligible for 1 MLA CE.

Stronger Together: Advocacy and Inclusivity, Public Libraries and The Autism Community – March 12, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Greater Midwest Region (GMR), this webinar will provide a panel discussion with three guest speakers about library services for the Autism community. Hear from library and community advocates about their passion for youth services and inclusive programming.

Health Literacy in an Academic Environment – March 17, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) outlines a vision for organizations and professionals to take an active role in improving health literacy. Several of its underlying goals are applicable to libraries, including those in higher education. A great opportunity exists for college and university libraries to provide high-quality health information while simultaneously educating students on how to select and use credible health information. Academic libraries independently, or in collaboration with public health services, can disseminate accurate health information and build campus-wide partnerships to improve health literacy. Sponsored by the Southeastern Atlantic Region (SEA), this webinar will highlight how a library from a mid-size university was able to collaborate with the university’s health service center to promote health literacy.

The DNA to Z of Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing: Separating Fact from Fiction – March 17, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – In the past few years, direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic tests have skyrocketed in popularity, with millions of people sending in samples to companies for tests purporting to reveal secrets about their ancestry, physical health, and more. Sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), this class will provide an overview of the history and current state of DTC genetic testing and explore the differences between various types of tests. It will also assess the veracity of claims commonly made by testing companies. Challenges surrounding these tests, including concerns about privacy, accuracy, and more, will be examined. Attendees will learn where to find essential background information about genetics needed to understand DTC tests and how to locate more advanced professional assistance.

Food for Thought: Exploring Nutrition Information Resources – March 19, 1:30-2:30 PM ET – Sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), this one hour class is designed to assist librarians, public health workers, health professionals, and the general public in locating authoritative information on nutrition and topics relating to nutrition. Background information on the importance of nutrition as related to other health-related topics will be discussed. NLM, NIH and other government agency resources for locating nutrition-related statistics and evidence-based practice will also be identified.

Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library – March 24, 2:00-4:00 PM ET – Join the Southeastern Atlantic Region (SEA) for this class that will teach you the basics of providing consumer health information at your library, from the health reference interview and planning your own health program, to free health resources from the National Library of Medicine and other trustworthy sources. Participants are eligible for 2 MLA CE, applicable to a Consumer Health Information Specialization.

Caring for the Mind: Providing Mental Health Information At Your Library – March 24, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Responding to questions involving topics on mental health is challenging even for the most experienced librarian. Join the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) for this webinar to learn how to effectively provide mental health information at your library. Participants will learn about the best electronic resources to consult as well as ways to improve their print collections. Best approaches for handling interactions with emotional patrons will also be discussed. Other topics covered include: bibliotherapy; assessment/testing; and the future of mental health.

NLM’s History of Medicine Division: A Treasure Trove of Medical Materials – March 25, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Join the MidContinental Region (MCR) for this next installment of Resource Picks, NNLM’s collaborative, bimonthly, webcast series featuring the National Library of Medicine resources. The National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) History of Medicine Division has one of the world’s richest collections of historical material related to health and disease. Their holdings, in a variety of digital and physical formats, spans ten centuries from nearly every part of the globe. In this session you will learn how the History of Medicine Division approaches acquisition and conservation; discover hidden treasures in the collection, and get to know who uses this vast collection.

April 2020

#citeNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon Training – April 2, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – 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. In preparation for the edit-a-thon, join the Middle and Southeastern Atlantic Regions (MAR/SEA) for this hands-on training to gain an overview of the importance of Wikipedia as a health information resource, more about the ongoing #citeNLM Wikipedia project, how to participate in a #citeNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, hosting an edit-a-thon for your community, and adding citations from trusted National Library of Medicine resources.

Activate, Collaborate, and Educate: Health Outreach and Programming for Summer Reading! – April 7, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – For a second year, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine has partnered with the Collaborative Summer Library Program to bring health programming to your library for Summer Reading! For Imagine Your Story 2020 we have incorporated fairy tales, mythology, and fantasy into program plans for nutrition, nature walks, graphic medicine, dental health storytime, and more. During this one-hour webinar with the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), attendees will be introduced to small and large health programming ideas that can be used for Summer Reading 2020 and beyond. Intended for those who work in public libraries, but open for anyone who is interested in health programming.

Nicotine, It’s a Brain Changer – April 8, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Nicotine is a highly addictive neurotoxin. Join the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) and guest presenters to explore the effects of nicotine on the adolescent brain, review Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) products, methods and content, learn about the health risks of using ENDS, and review current resources for treating nicotine dependence.

Supporting Open Science in Health Science Libraries: Sharing Strategies for Sustainability and Success – April 9, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR), in this webinar two health sciences librarians will provide an overview of open science services (OSS) and research in libraries and outline the challenges encountered in supporting researchers in this space. This presentation will engage attendees in a discussion of how libraries can build on their support of open science by aligning programs and services with the goals of their research communities and institutions. As practitioners, the presenters will also share ideas around adopting sustainable “open” approaches into their own work and research.

Wellness in the Library Workplace – April 20-May 3, 2020 – You’re a library worker – you’re already helping those in your community find health information. What are you doing to manage your own well-being? Individual and community well-being are inherently connected. Thus, it is critical that workplaces be an area of wellness for their employees. Join the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) for this asynchronous online course to discover ways to improve your own personal well-being and create a healthy workplace. If you are a supervisor, how are you helping to ensure your staff stays healthy (physically, emotionally, etc.)? This class will also discuss ways to increase overall wellness for all staff in libraries so that we have happy, healthy and safe work environments.

New classes on-demand! Looking for more self-paced learning opportunities? Check out NNLM’s new
Introduction to Health Reference: Ethics and Best Practices. Learn how to conduct a health reference interview using ethical and effective communication strategies in this 4 credit/4 module asynchronous online class. Through interactive, self-paced tutorials, discussion forums, and a synthesis exercise, users will learn what a health reference interview is, how the library can protect patrons’ health privacy and confidentiality using ethical guidelines from library associations, effective communication strategies to identify the health information needs of patrons, and simple methods for evaluating online health information that can be easily explained to patrons.

*Please note that the class registration system requires obtaining an NNLM account prior to registration. Learn how to register for classes from the NTO.

Other Items of Interest

Doubling Down on Primary Care’s Campaign Against Heart Disease – AHRQ Views

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® is just around the corner, March 30-April 5, 2020. There are several ways you can get involved to SHATTER THE MYTHS® about drugs and alcohol!

Academic Libraries and Autism Spectrum Disorder – March 3, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – According to the Centers for Disease Control (2019), 1 in every 59 children in the United States has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). One of the results of the increased prevalence of ASD is a larger number of students with ASD are now participating in higher education. The transition into higher education is potentially difficult for students with ASD and support services are necessary to help make the transition successful. Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Library Association College & Research Division (PaLA CRD), this presentation will focus on how services and outreach initiatives by academic libraries can help students with ASD succeed in college.

Supporting the Health of Trans and Gender Expansive Youth: The Role of Social Workers, Case Managers and Community Health Workers in Advocating for our Youth – March 4, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – The provision of inclusive and affirming care for transgender and gender expansive youth is critical to the health of individual youth, their families, and the community. Sponsored by the Hudson Mohawk Area Health Education Center (HMAHEC) with support from the Adirondack Health Institute (AHI), and Adirondack Rural Health Network (ARHN), this webinar will focus on the importance of identity affirming care for the overall health and well-being of transgender and gender expansive youth, including a review of the social context of growing up transgender or gender expansive today and identifying ways to practice inclusive and affirming care. This will include opportunities to consider how to make systems, services, and spaces more inclusive, culturally appropriate and humble, and the fluency of terminology.

Library Research for Water Resources – March 5, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – The Princeton University Library provides research services and instructional sessions to library users for finding print, digital, and online library materials for geosciences and environmental studies from governments (local, state, federal, international), societies, consultants, companies, and other information sources. This webinar is led by Emily Wild, Chemistry, Geosciences, and Environmental Studies Librarian, and focuses on how to discover information sources and products related to the topics of precipitation, water temperature, water use (water quantity), water-supply systems, surface water, groundwater, water quality, floods, droughts, and hurricanes.

Strategies for Recruiting and Retaining Librarians of Color – March 12, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Join The African American Medical Library Alliance Caucus (AAMLA) for this webinar, featuring three guest speakers, on the importance of recruiting and retaining underrepresented or minoritized librarians. Twanna Hodge will discuss the recruitment process for library residencies and recruitment strategies for early career BIPOC librarians. Tamara Nelson will discuss intentional recruiting of diverse candidates using direct strategies to recruit librarians of color that goes beyond just only posting the position, including ways to be proactive. Alan R. Bailey will discuss practices academic libraries should follow to create a welcoming and inclusive workplace – a workplace that embraces diversity and fosters success for all librarians but specifically those from diverse populations.

Basic Statistics for Research Design – March 25, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – If you want to do research or assessment and are confused by statistics, this webinar is for you. You will gain an overview of five common statistical tests and practical guidance on choosing which to apply when. This practical approach targets key basics to keep in mind when choosing a test to answer a research or assessment question. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

Call to Action: Public Libraries and the Opioid Crisis – March 31, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Public libraries are respected local institutions that connect community members to credible information and services. As community anchor institutions, libraries are leveraging their assets in response to the opioid crisis that has gripped the country. After 16 months of research, OCLC, and the Public Library Association have released a call to action on how libraries can address the opioid crisis in their communities. Sponsored by WebJunction, Panelists in this webinar will share resources, including ideas for organizations to partner with, additional perspectives to consider, and strategies for getting started.

Make Fun of Learning! Game-Based Learning for Student Success – April 15, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – This course will explore the use of games in the classroom to enhance student participation and learning. The instructor will discuss the differences between gamification and game-based learning, why those distinctions are important, and the psychology behind both philosophies. Participants will learn how to spot opportunities for games in their own classrooms, the board game design process, and when games are appropriate in a class setting. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

University of Utah Summer Teacher Institute – The University of Utah will be hosting a 6.5-day “Health and Science for All” workshop this summer for Elementary, Middle and High School life science and health teachers. Participants will develop engaging ways to communicate with the public about important science and health topics related to the All of Us Research Program, and to support program goals. Applications are being accepted through March 15, 2020.

2020 Public Health Learning Forum & TRAIN Learning Network Annual Meeting – Join the Public Health Foundation (PHF) and TRAIN Learning Network at the 2020 Public Health Learning Forum & TRAIN Learning Network Annual Meeting, May 4-7, in Pittsburgh, PA. Working Together, Training Together: Public Health, Emergency Preparedness, and Healthcare is this year’s meeting theme and highlights effective practices in workforce development, online learning, and learning platform administration across the health sector. This four-day event features the latest innovations in health workforce training and presentations from the individuals leading these transformative initiatives.

MAR Postings is a comprehensive weekly news series authored by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR)

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NNLM at the Public Libraries Association Conference

Mon, 2020-02-24 12:31

MAR is heading to PLA Nashville this week! If you are attending the conference, stop by the NLM exhibit booth #1907 to meet us, join us for a Health in Libraries Social Hour, or attend a free workshop with our colleagues at the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network.

Engaging with the Community: Learning and Applying the Essentials of Cultural Humility to Improve Health Information Outreach – February 25, 1:30-5:00 PM – Collaborate with colleagues to learn more about serving underserved communities in a culturally humble and inclusive manner. Learn about trusted health information resources from the National Library of Medicine and how you can partner with NNLM to support the All of Us Research Program. This program is free for NNLM Members – please register to attend.

Health in Libraries Social Hour – February 26, 5:30-7:30 PM – Want to connect with other conference attendees doing health work in their libraries? Nashville Public Library and NNLM-SEA will host a casual meet-up at Frothy Monkey, in Downtown Nashville. Look for us upstairs in the café area. The company is free, but you’ll have to buy your own food and drink. We look forward to seeing you there!

StoryCorps: Tools to Amplify Diverse Voices in Your Community – February 27, 2:00-3:00 PM – In this session, expert presenters from StoryCorps will highlight resources to support community engagement at your library through storytelling. You’ll learn about good story collection methods, walk away with ideas for low-cost ways to record and archive the voices of your community, and hear how other libraries have used these tools to preserve underrepresented voices in their communities.

Celebrating Libraries in Communities Through Stories – February 28, 2:15-3:15 PM – Libraries are constantly evolving — from information providers into critical centers of learning, community engagement, and access to information. In this session, StoryCorps will inspire you with stories from their archive highlighting the role of public libraries in the community. You’ll walk away with tips and examples on how to use community listening events in your public engagement work, including specific information on how to use the StoryCorps model for collecting and sharing stories.

MAR at the NLM Exhibit booth:

  • February 27, 3:00-5:00 PM – Michael Balkenhol and Tess Wilson
  • February 28, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM – Michael Balkenhol
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Bridging the Digital Divide in Public Housing Communities

Mon, 2020-02-24 07:00
Tess Wilson

Tess Wilson

At the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR), much of the health literacy outreach we conduct revolves around digital resources. Increasing access to reliable health information is at the core of our organizational mission, and this includes navigating resources on various websites, using mobile apps, and much more. But what about individuals with limited experience using computers? What about those of us whose only internet access is at the public library? What about members of marginalized communities who are too often left out of these conversations? How can we ensure everyone’s needs are met in our ever-expanding digital world? It is increasingly clear that digital literacy is an essential stepping-stone on the path to health literacy.

With the support of NNLM MAR funding and a partnership with Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh (HACP) is addressing this issue by meeting their residents at the intersection of digital literacy and health literacy. This project, “Connecting and Improving Digital Literacy & Health Literacy Outcomes in Public Housing,” is a collaborative effort that integrates NLM resources and other reliable health information into the Authority’s existing programming.

Mobile Computing Lab Jordan Owens, Computer Program Assistant, stands with an HACP resident who is typing on an open laptop.

Jordan Owens, Computer Program Assistant, works with a resident. | Photo Credit: Nathan Williams, Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh

Because the HACP hosts over 20,000 residents throughout more than 2,700 public housing units in Pittsburgh, outreach is a familiar and necessary aspect of serving these communities. Since housing units are spread across the city, not every instance of programming can reach them all, and some projects are located onsite in only one particular unit. In an effort to reach as many residents as possible, the HACP must think creatively when developing outreach efforts. One such creative solution is the Mobile Computing Lab. As part of the Computer Education and Training Program—which offers computer, printing, and internet access to residents in their buildings—the mobile lab increases the scope of this outreach to include the HACP’s senior citizen and high-rise communities. Staffed by information technology staff and serving eight to ten residents per session, the lab is equipped with laptops, hotspots, and printers.

Connecting Digital Literacy and Health Literacy

Once the HACP recognized the potential of the Mobile Computing Lab as a natural crossroad of digital literacy and health literacy, they applied for NNLM MAR funding to supplement this work with resources and trainings. With support from NNLM MAR and the All of Us Research Program, the HACP was able to expand the program’s capacity in the following ways:

  • A part-time technology services intern was promoted to a full-time Computer Program Assistant position, increasing the availability of staff for one-on-one learning sessions.
  • Technology was purchased as a way to reach more residents with each visit, and to ensure the devices and software used for teaching purposes are current and relevant.
  • HACP staff attended workshops hosted by NNLM MAR staff to gain familiarity with NLM/NIH resources and find ways to integrate them into mobile lab services.

These developments have given the HACP an opportunity to reach more members of vulnerable populations—including senior citizens, immigrants, and refugees—and to make sure every public housing resident has not just access to, but awareness of, reliable health information.

“Connecting with HACP residents has been a pleasure of mine. Every day we have class centered on digital literacy to help our residents become self-sufficient by adding these skills to their everyday lifestyle. Residents were also introduced to MedlinePlus. This resource gives health information to senior residents who were the most interested in this because of the factual information provided on the website; other residents loved the healthy recipes provided. Overall, connecting and improving digital and health literacy in public housing has been a great experience.” – Jordan Owens, Computer Program Assistant

Jordan Owens, Computer Program Assistant, stands with an HACP resident who is sitting in front of an open laptop.

Photo Credit: Nathan Williams, Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh

“Connecting and Improving Digital and Health literacy in public housing has been really effective since partnering with NNLM [MAR]. The resources they’ve provided have helped our educators expand our curriculum and increased our knowledge in the field of health literacy. Our mobile computer lab has assisted in spreading the word and educating residents to become both digitally and health literate. Giving residents the resources and equipment to succeed digitally in this new age is very important, while also increasing their individual, family and community health literacy. It has been a pleasure to implement the health literacy program into our curriculum. Residents who have attended our classes have received T-Mobile tablets (after proving they were digitally literate) that are loaded with resources such as: MedlinePlus, links to job websites, and a link to the Department of Human Services.” – Byron Wright, Computer Program Supervisor

I have had the pleasure of working with HACP staff during the planning stages of this outreach, and am thrilled to witness its implementation. Because the HACP’s approach to health literacy outreach meets residents where they are, “Connecting and Improving Digital Literacy & Health Literacy Outcomes in Public Housing” is quickly proving to be a model template for similar outreach efforts. Using this framework as inspiration, any digital literacy outreach can easily become health literacy outreach with the support of NLM/NIH resources.

If your organization has this or other health literacy programming in mind for the coming year, NNLM MAR is now accepting applications for our next round of funding!

Written by Tess Wilson, Community Engagement Coordinator, for the Winter 2020 edition of The MAReport quarterly newsletter.

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Weekly Postings

Fri, 2020-02-21 11:09

See something of interest? Please share our postings with colleagues in your institutions!

Spotlight

Read the MAReport: This quarter, Kelsey Cowles shares a few ideas for bringing citizen science and crowdsourcing to your library in the Spring.

NNLM’s Spring Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon focusing on Preventative Health & Wellness will take place on Thursday, April 30. Get ready to #citeNLM by joining MAR and SEA for a training webinar on April 2 to learn more about participating in the edit-a-thon or hosting your own in-person event!

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

Funding Available Now! The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR) invites applications for health information outreach and programming projects. Review our available awards and resources, and submit your proposal by April 10 at 12:00 PM ET.

NNLM Human Genetics Film Kit: The NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network (CEN) is providing film kits to up to 250 public libraries across the United States. Promote health literacy in your community with four films, discussion guides, and customizable marketing materials designed to support public libraries in raising scientific literacy and awareness of precision medicine. Applications are open until March 16.

Help us improve nnlm.gov: If you have visited our website to look for training or funding opportunities, find resources on health topics, update your Membership record, order free materials, or even to contact us for assistance, we want to hear about your experience! All NNLM users are encouraged to provide feedback by completing a brief survey about the features and functions of our website. The survey will be open for response through February 29, 2020.

DOCLINE Maintenance: DOCLINE will be unavailable on February 26 starting at 11:00 AM ET, for approximately 30-60 minutes, due to system maintenance.

DataFlash: Telling the Real Coronavirus Story with Data – The Dragonfly, News from the Northwest and Beyond, by PNR

Request for Information (RFI): Inviting Comments and Suggestions on a Framework for the NIH-Wide Strategic Plan for FYs 2021-2025 – SEA Currents

Getting the Most from NNLM: Public Health Part 2 – NER Update

NNLM at the Public Libraries Association Conference

MAR is heading to PLA Nashville. If you are attending the conference, stop by the NLM exhibit booth #1907 to meet us, join us for a Health in Libraries Social Hour, or attend a free cultural humility workshop!

Engaging with the Community: Learning and Applying the Essentials of Cultural Humility to Improve Health Information Outreach – February 25, 1:30-5:00 PM – Collaborate with colleagues to learn more about serving underserved communities in a culturally humble and inclusive manner. Learn about trusted health information resources from the National Library of Medicine and how you can partner with NNLM to support the All of Us Research Program. This program is free for NNLM Members – please register to attend.

Health in Libraries Social Hour – February 26, 5:30-7:30 PM – Want to connect with other conference attendees doing health work in their libraries? Nashville Public Library and NNLM-SEA will host a casual meet-up at Frothy Monkey, in Downtown Nashville. Look for us upstairs in the café area. The company is free, but you’ll have to buy your own food and drink. We look forward to seeing you there!

MAR at the NLM Exhibit booth – February 27, 3:00-5:00 PM – Michael Balkenhol and Tess Wilson; February 28, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM – Michael Balkenhol.

NLM/NIH News

Meet NLM’s Newest Investigator: Lauren Porter, PhD, Researches “Transformer-Like” Proteins – Dr. Porter researches fold-switching proteins. Much like the fictional Transformers, robots that can change into different machines depending on the circumstances, these proteins can change their structures and functions in response to changes in their environment. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

The Girl in the Lion Cage: Regulating Hypnotism in 19th Century FranceCirculating Now interviewed Katrin Schultheiss, Ph.D. about her research and upcoming lecture. – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

Tackling Fibrosis with Synthetic Materials – When injury strikes a limb or an organ, our bodies usually heal quickly and correctly. But for some people, the healing process doesn’t shut down properly, leading to excess fibrous tissue, scarring, and potentially life-threatening organ damage. – NIH Director’s Blog

Subscribe to the NLM Technical Bulletin for the latest updates on NLM tools you may be using! The current issue recently announced a New MeSH supplementary concept record for Coronavirus Disease.

Request for Information: ClinicalTrials.gov Modernization – The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is requesting public comment to guide efforts to enhance and better support the users of ClinicalTrials.gov, the world’s largest public clinical research registry and results database. The deadline to submit a response is March 14, 2020.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

NNLM and NLM classes are free and open to all. Please feel free to share our training opportunities!

February 2020

National Library of Medicine Resources for Citizen Scientists – February 24, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Citizen science is happening all around you! 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. In this class with the Pacific Southwest Region (PSR), participants will learn how to support citizen science in their communities and ways that libraries can participate. Participants will learn about citizen science library program models, free National Library of Medicine resources to incorporate into citizen science library programs, and sources of funding to explore for buying testing kits or supporting community research efforts. Citizen science library programs are perfect for all ages, and all types of libraries.

Applying for NNLM MAR Funding – What You Need to Know – February 25, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Join this presentation to hear about about funding opportunities and the logistics of applying for an award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR). Get project ideas, insider’s tips, and a demo of our new online application. There will be a brief presentation and then an opportunity for your questions to be answered. The NNLM MAR call for proposals will be posted on February 7, 2020. If you cannot attend the live webinar but would like the information, please register. A recording of the class will be sent to all registrants.

From Problem to Prevention: Evidence-Based Public Health – February 26, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Curious about evidence-based public health (EBPH) but not sure where to start? Sponsored by the New England Region (NER), this class will explain the basics of evidence-based public health (EBPH) and highlight essentials of the EBPH process such as identifying the problem, forming a question, searching the literature, and evaluating the intervention. The purpose of this class is to provide an introduction to the world of evidence based public health and to give those already familiar with EBPH useful information that can be applied in their practices. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1 total Category I contact education contact hour. Participants are also eligible for 1 MLA CE.

Taking Care of Us: Inreach for Library Staff – February 27, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Stressed out? Notice you are taking more sick days than usual or have less enthusiasm or energy than normal? Whether you are knotted up over work, personal issues, climate change, or politics, it seems like there are plenty of reasons to feel overwhelmed. Join the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) and library director, yoga teacher, and physical literacy researcher, Jenn Carson, as she teaches you how to de-stress at your desk, maintain proper posture, avoid injury, and regulate your emotions through breathing, stretching, and other techniques. Participants will learn an easy self-care routine that will help to reduce stress at work and leave you feeling recharged instead of drained. Participants will leave with digital downloads to help them remember what they learned and share with their colleagues.

Privacy Research & Clinical Text Deidentification with NLM-Scrubber – February 27, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – We strive to discover new clinical facts to promote evidence-based clinical sciences, but such potential discoveries are locked in electronic health record systems due to privacy concerns. Unfortunately, there is no silver bullet to resolve this vexing social concern. In this presentation with the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), Dr. Mehmet Kayaalp will deconstruct the problem to understand what makes privacy so complex. How can we tap into big health data while preserving the privacy of the patient? One technological solution is NLM-Scrubber, a clinical text de-identification tool developed at the National Library of Medicine. Dr. Kayaalp will discuss what NLM-Scrubber offers to clinical scientists, data managers, and privacy officers in academic medical settings.

March 2020

ABCs of DNA: Unraveling the Mystery of Genetics Information for Consumers – March 2-27, 2020 – Consumers need access to understandable information and resources about various genetics topics. Librarians working with the public must be aware of both important issues surrounding genetics, and resources available to assist patrons in locating and evaluating sometimes complex and confusing information. Sponsored by the Southeastern and Middle Atlantic Regions (SEA/MAR), this asynchronous online class provides an opportunity to become better equipped to address the genetic health information needs of your community.

Health Statistics on the Web – March 5, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), this course focuses on the location, selection, and effective use of statistics relevant to health on the local, state, national, and international levels. The importance and relevance of health statistics in various contexts will be discussed. Participants will have the opportunity to become familiar with the features and scope of several statistics Internet resources through the use of numerous exercises. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1 total Category I contact education contact hour. Participants are also eligible for 1 MLA CE.

Stronger Together: Advocacy and Inclusivity, Public Libraries and The Autism Community – March 12, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Greater Midwest Region (GMR), this webinar will provide a panel discussion with three guest speakers about library services for the Autism community. Hear from library and community advocates about their passion for youth services and inclusive programming.

Health Literacy in an Academic Environment – March 17, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) outlines a vision for organizations and professionals to take an active role in improving health literacy. Several of its underlying goals are applicable to libraries, including those in higher education. A great opportunity exists for college and university libraries to provide high-quality health information while simultaneously educating students on how to select and use credible health information. Academic libraries independently, or in collaboration with public health services, can disseminate accurate health information and build campus-wide partnerships to improve health literacy. Sponsored by the Southeastern Atlantic Region (SEA), this webinar will highlight how a library from a mid-size university was able to collaborate with the university’s health service center to promote health literacy.

The DNA to Z of Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing: Separating Fact from Fiction – March 17, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – In the past few years, direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic tests have skyrocketed in popularity, with millions of people sending in samples to companies for tests purporting to reveal secrets about their ancestry, physical health, and more. Sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), this class will provide an overview of the history and current state of DTC genetic testing and explore the differences between various types of tests. It will also assess the veracity of claims commonly made by testing companies. Challenges surrounding these tests, including concerns about privacy, accuracy, and more, will be examined. Attendees will learn where to find essential background information about genetics needed to understand DTC tests and how to locate more advanced professional assistance.

Food for Thought: Exploring Nutrition Information Resources – March 19, 1:30-2:30 PM ET – Sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), this one hour class is designed to assist librarians, public health workers, health professionals, and the general public in locating authoritative information on nutrition and topics relating to nutrition. Background information on the importance of nutrition as related to other health-related topics will be discussed. NLM, NIH and other government agency resources for locating nutrition-related statistics and evidence-based practice will also be identified.

Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library – March 24, 2:00-4:00 PM ET – Join the Southeastern Atlantic Region (SEA) for this class that will teach you the basics of providing consumer health information at your library, from the health reference interview and planning your own health program, to free health resources from the National Library of Medicine and other trustworthy sources. Participants are eligible for 2 MLA CE, applicable to a Consumer Health Information Specialization.

Caring for the Mind: Providing Mental Health Information At Your Library – March 24, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Responding to questions involving topics on mental health is challenging even for the most experienced librarian. Join the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) for this webinar to learn how to effectively provide mental health information at your library. Participants will learn about the best electronic resources to consult as well as ways to improve their print collections. Best approaches for handling interactions with emotional patrons will also be discussed. Other topics covered include: bibliotherapy; assessment/testing; and the future of mental health.

New classes on-demand! Looking for more self-paced learning opportunities? Check out NNLM’s new
Introduction to Health Reference: Ethics and Best Practices. Learn how to conduct a health reference interview using ethical and effective communication strategies in this 4 credit/4 module asynchronous online class. Through interactive, self-paced tutorials, discussion forums, and a synthesis exercise, users will learn what a health reference interview is, how the library can protect patrons’ health privacy and confidentiality using ethical guidelines from library associations, effective communication strategies to identify the health information needs of patrons, and simple methods for evaluating online health information that can be easily explained to patrons.

*Please note that the class registration system requires obtaining an NNLM account prior to registration. Learn how to register for classes from the NTO.

Other Items of Interest

Job Postings:

Libraries as Partners in Healthy Communities – March 3-13, 2020 – join WebJunction for a free, two-week course to explore how your library can actively partner to promote the health of your community through responsive programs and services, and learn how to incorporate this focus into your library’s strategic plan. This course will look at the many ways public libraries are supporting community health, and provide strategies and methods to identify activities that serve the health needs of your community. WebJunction’s Dale Musselman and NNLM’s Darlene Kaskie will present this free course in two live, online sessions, on March 3 and 10, from 2:00-3:00 PM ET, with two additional hours of readings and assignments for learners to complete on their own. You’ll also be encouraged to share your ideas and learning with others enrolled in the course through active discussion forums.

Academic Libraries and Autism Spectrum Disorder – March 3, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – According to the Centers for Disease Control (2019), 1 in every 59 children in the United States has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). One of the results of the increased prevalence of ASD is a larger number of students with ASD are now participating in higher education. The transition into higher education is potentially difficult for students with ASD and support services are necessary to help make the transition successful. Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Library Association College & Research Division (PaLA CRD), this presentation will focus on how services and outreach initiatives by academic libraries can help students with ASD succeed in college.

Supporting the Health of Trans and Gender Expansive Youth: The Role of Social Workers, Case Managers and Community Health Workers in Advocating for our Youth – March 4, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – The provision of inclusive and affirming care for transgender and gender expansive youth is critical to the health of individual youth, their families, and the community. Sponsored by the Hudson Mohawk Area Health Education Center (HMAHEC) with support from the Adirondack Health Institute (AHI), and Adirondack Rural Health Network (ARHN), this webinar will focus on the importance of identity affirming care for the overall health and well-being of transgender and gender expansive youth, including a review of the social context of growing up transgender or gender expansive today and identifying ways to practice inclusive and affirming care. This will include opportunities to consider how to make systems, services, and spaces more inclusive, culturally appropriate and humble, and the fluency of terminology.

Library Research for Water Resources – March 5, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – The Princeton University Library provides research services and instructional sessions to library users for finding print, digital, and online library materials for geosciences and environmental studies from governments (local, state, federal, international), societies, consultants, companies, and other information sources. This webinar is led by Emily Wild, Chemistry, Geosciences, and Environmental Studies Librarian, and focuses on how to discover information sources and products related to the topics of precipitation, water temperature, water use (water quantity), water-supply systems, surface water, groundwater, water quality, floods, droughts, and hurricanes.

Strategies for Recruiting and Retaining Librarians of Color – March 12, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Join The African American Medical Library Alliance Caucus (AAMLA) for this webinar, featuring three guest speakers, on the importance of recruiting and retaining underrepresented or minoritized librarians. Twanna Hodge will discuss the recruitment process for library residencies and recruitment strategies for early career BIPOC librarians. Tamara Nelson will discuss intentional recruiting of diverse candidates using direct strategies to recruit librarians of color that goes beyond just only posting the position, including ways to be proactive. Alan R. Bailey will discuss practices academic libraries should follow to create a welcoming and inclusive workplace – a workplace that embraces diversity and fosters success for all librarians but specifically those from diverse populations.

Basic Statistics for Research Design – March 25, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – If you want to do research or assessment and are confused by statistics, this webinar is for you. You will gain an overview of five common statistical tests and practical guidance on choosing which to apply when. This practical approach targets key basics to keep in mind when choosing a test to answer a research or assessment question. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

Make Fun of Learning! Game-Based Learning for Student Success – April 15, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – This course will explore the use of games in the classroom to enhance student participation and learning. The instructor will discuss the differences between gamification and game-based learning, why those distinctions are important, and the psychology behind both philosophies. Participants will learn how to spot opportunities for games in their own classrooms, the board game design process, and when games are appropriate in a class setting. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

2020 Public Health Learning Forum & TRAIN Learning Network Annual Meeting – Join the Public Health Foundation (PHF) and TRAIN Learning Network at the 2020 Public Health Learning Forum & TRAIN Learning Network Annual Meeting, May 4-7, in Pittsburgh, PA. Working Together, Training Together: Public Health, Emergency Preparedness, and Healthcare is this year’s meeting theme and highlights effective practices in workforce development, online learning, and learning platform administration across the health sector. This four-day event features the latest innovations in health workforce training and presentations from the individuals leading these transformative initiatives.

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Citizen Science in the Library

Tue, 2020-02-18 09:59
Kelsey Cowles

Kelsey Cowles

Although it’s currently still blustery and cold across the Middle Atlantic Region, spring will be here before we know it! We all know that spring brings sunshine and flowers, but did you know that it also brings Citizen Science Month in April? April is a great time to for folks venturing back outdoors (or staying indoors!), which means that right now is the perfect time to plan programs for your library to help patrons dive into citizen science and crowdsourcing.

This year, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine has expanded its partnership with SciStarter, an online community dedicated to supporting citizen science for both project managers and participants, to support Citizen Science Month. If you haven’t participated in citizen science programming before, the Introduction to Citizen Science Tutorial is a good place to start. Next, check out SciStarter’s Library and Community Guide to Citizen Science, which includes a facilitator’s kit, programs in a box, posters and other materials, book lists and books, and more. These resources will help you get started on your own citizen science programs for Citizen Science Month – or any time of the year. Additionally, NLM provides access to a variety of resources for basic health, environmental health, and genetics that can support citizen science outreach efforts in your community. National Library of Medicine resources for citizen science include MedlinePlus, Tox Town, Genetics Home Reference, and ChemIDplus.

For more information about National Library of Medicine Resources for Citizen Scientists, register to attend an NNLM webinar on February 24 from 2:00-3:00 PM ET.

A great way for academic libraries in particular to engage students, faculty, and staff is to participate in a Wikipedia edit-a-thon. This spring, NNLM has timed our biannual, month-long #citeNLM editing campaign to coincide with Citizen Science Month. The topic of the Spring 2020 campaign is Preventive Health & Wellness and we’ll be kicking off the month with a training webinar on April 2 at 2:00 PM ET. During the month of April, you can join #citeNLM in several ways:

  1. Participate virtually as an individual: sign up to participate in our virtual edit-a-thon on April 30, or edit health articles another time and add the project hashtag #citeNLM in the Edit Summary.
  2. Participate in-person as an individual: find an event happening near you.
  3. Host an in-person or virtual edit-a-thon at your library: use our organizer’s guide to get started.
  4. Share our campaign on social media: use #citeNLM in your posts about the event!

For more details, visit nnlm.gov/wiki.

Participating in Citizen Science Month is an excellent way to engage patrons at your library and help them translate their curiosity into action. Consider applying now for funding to support Citizen Science and crowdsourcing programs at your library!

Written by Kelsey Cowles, Academic Coordinator, for the Winter 2020 edition of The MAReport quarterly newsletter.

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Weekly Postings

Fri, 2020-02-14 07:00

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Spotlight

Read the MAReport: This quarter, Erin Seger explores nutrition information resources for clinical and public health dieticians to use in research and patient education.

Help us improve nnlm.gov: If you have visited our website to look for training or funding opportunities, find resources on health topics, update your Membership record, order free materials, or even to contact us for assistance, we want to hear about your experience! All NNLM users are encouraged to provide feedback by completing a brief survey about the features and functions of our website. The survey will be open for response through February 29, 2020.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

Funding Available Now! The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR) invites applications for health information outreach and programming projects. Review our available awards and resources, and submit your proposal by April 10 at 12:00 PM ET.

National Health Observances: Looking for tools and materials to promote Heart Health and Black History Month? Check out the NNLM Community Engagement Network’s National Health Observances page for premade slides, handouts, social media blurbs, and kits that support health programming throughout the year.

In the Region – This month, MAR coordinators are thinking about program evaluation, citizen science, and gearing up for the Public Library Association conference! Read about our recent activities to learn what your Regional Medical Library is doing to support health outreach and programming in NY, NJ, PA and DE. – MARquee News Highlights

NNLM at the Public Libraries Association Conference

MAR is heading to PLA Nashville. If you are attending the conference, stop by the NLM exhibit booth #1907 to meet us, join us for a Health in Libraries Social Hour, or attend a free cultural humility workshop!

Engaging with the Community: Learning and Applying the Essentials of Cultural Humility to Improve Health Information Outreach – February 25, 1:30-5:00 PM – Collaborate with colleagues to learn more about serving underserved communities in a culturally humble and inclusive manner. Learn about trusted health information resources from the National Library of Medicine and how you can partner with NNLM to support the All of Us Research Program. This program is free for NNLM Members – please register to attend.

Health in Libraries Social Hour – February 26, 5:30-7:30 PM – Want to connect with other conference attendees doing health work in their libraries? Nashville Public Library and NNLM-SEA will host a casual meet-up at Frothy Monkey, in Downtown Nashville. Look for us upstairs in the café area. The company is free, but you’ll have to buy your own food and drink. We look forward to seeing you there!

MAR at the NLM Exhibit booth – February 27, 3:00-5:00 PM – Michael Balkenhol and Tess Wilson; February 28, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM – Michael Balkenhol.

NLM/NIH News

The Wonder of Everyday Things – A library provides a window to the wonders of the world, from scientific discoveries to historical artifacts to new ideas about the universe. But it’s also a repository, of sorts, of many everyday things. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

NLM’s Groundbreaking Work to Prevent Cervical Cancer – Currently, more than half a million women are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year, with 90% of the deaths occurring in low- and middle-income countries. – NLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

The Perfect Cytoskeletal Storm – Ever thought about giving cell biology a whirl? If so, sit down and take a look at this full-blown cytoskeletal “storm,” which provides a spectacular dynamic view of the choreography of life. – NIH Director’s Blog

The Development of the DeBakey Classification of Aortic Dissection – Aortic dissection is a life-threatening catastrophic event. Without treatment, many persons experiencing this event will die within 48 hours. Before the 1950s, much like repair of aortic aneurysm, it was long thought impossible to correct aortic dissection surgically. – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

Subscribe to the NLM Technical Bulletin for the latest updates on NLM tools you may be using! The current issue recently announced a New MeSH supplementary concept record for Coronavirus Disease.

Request for Information: ClinicalTrials.gov Modernization – The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is requesting public comment to guide efforts to enhance and better support the users of ClinicalTrials.gov, the world’s largest public clinical research registry and results database. The deadline to submit a response is March 14, 2020.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

NNLM and NLM classes are free and open to all. Please feel free to share our training opportunities!

February 2020

The Importance of Digital Literacy and Its Impact on Understanding Health Information – February 17, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Technology is continuing to improve, and more and more people are looking online for health information, managing care, and trusted advice. Despite the increasing use, there is a digital divide for many individuals that greatly impact their ability to find and access trusted quality health information. Wisconsin Health Literacy developed a digital health literacy program, Health Online: Finding Information You Can Trust, to focus on improving the digital divide. Join this webinar with the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network (CEN) to learn about digital literacy strategies to make digital health resources user friendly for all patrons and ways to help them access reliable health information online.

What Works for Health? Using County Health Rankings and Roadmaps in Grant Writing – February 19, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), this session will provide an overview of What Works for Health, a resource from County Health Rankings and Roadmaps (CHRR). What Works for Health rates the evidence of a broad range of strategies that can affect health through changes to health behaviors, clinical care, social and environmental factors, and the physical environment. From the National Network of Public Health Institutes, Toni Lewis will discuss how those preparing funding applications can use What Works for Health when writing their evidence of need. This class will also provide examples of past funded NNLM projects that align with strategies Toni highlights. The audience will learn a practical way to use CHRR as it relates to applying for NNLM funding or other funding opportunities. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1 total Category I contact education contact hour, including 1 advanced level CECH. Participants are also eligible for 1 MLA CE.

The Ten Most Frequently Asked Questions about Genetic Testing – February 19, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – Advertising for DNA testing companies proliferates the media these days, but many individuals spit or swab, and then wonder how to get beyond their ethnicity results. The first questions usually asked regarding genetic testing are: “Where should I test?” and “I got my results, now what?”. Sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR), participants will explore these questions and more in this presentation, as an introduction to the world of DNA and interpreting test results. More advanced tools will be introduced that are fun and give the researcher real information they can use. If you have tested, review your results before the session.

National Library of Medicine Resources for Citizen Scientists – February 24, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Citizen science is happening all around you! 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. In this class with the Pacific Southwest Region (PSR), participants will learn how to support citizen science in their communities and ways that libraries can participate. Participants will learn about citizen science library program models, free National Library of Medicine resources to incorporate into citizen science library programs, and sources of funding to explore for buying testing kits or supporting community research efforts. Citizen science library programs are perfect for all ages, and all types of libraries.

Applying for NNLM MAR Funding – What You Need to Know – February 25, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Join this presentation to hear about about funding opportunities and the logistics of applying for an award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR). Get project ideas, insider’s tips, and a demo of our new online application. There will be a brief presentation and then an opportunity for your questions to be answered. The NNLM MAR call for proposals will be posted on February 7, 2020. If you cannot attend the live webinar but would like the information, please register. A recording of the class will be sent to all registrants.

From Problem to Prevention: Evidence-Based Public Health – February 26, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Curious about evidence-based public health (EBPH) but not sure where to start? Sponsored by the New England Region (NER), this class will explain the basics of evidence-based public health (EBPH) and highlight essentials of the EBPH process such as identifying the problem, forming a question, searching the literature, and evaluating the intervention. The purpose of this class is to provide an introduction to the world of evidence based public health and to give those already familiar with EBPH useful information that can be applied in their practices. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1 total Category I contact education contact hour. Participants are also eligible for 1 MLA CE.

Taking Care of Us: Inreach for Library Staff – February 27, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Stressed out? Notice you are taking more sick days than usual or have less enthusiasm or energy than normal? Whether you are knotted up over work, personal issues, climate change, or politics, it seems like there are plenty of reasons to feel overwhelmed. Join the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) and library director, yoga teacher, and physical literacy researcher, Jenn Carson, as she teaches you how to de-stress at your desk, maintain proper posture, avoid injury, and regulate your emotions through breathing, stretching, and other techniques. Participants will learn an easy self-care routine that will help to reduce stress at work and leave you feeling recharged instead of drained. Participants will leave with digital downloads to help them remember what they learned and share with their colleagues.

Privacy Research & Clinical Text Deidentification with NLM-Scrubber – February 27, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – We strive to discover new clinical facts to promote evidence-based clinical sciences, but such potential discoveries are locked in electronic health record systems due to privacy concerns. Unfortunately, there is no silver bullet to resolve this vexing social concern. In this presentation with the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), Dr. Mehmet Kayaalp will deconstruct the problem to understand what makes privacy so complex. How can we tap into big health data while preserving the privacy of the patient? One technological solution is NLM-Scrubber, a clinical text de-identification tool developed at the National Library of Medicine. Dr. Kayaalp will discuss what NLM-Scrubber offers to clinical scientists, data managers, and privacy officers in academic medical settings.

March 2020

ABCs of DNA: Unraveling the Mystery of Genetics Information for Consumers – March 2-27, 2020 – Consumers need access to understandable information and resources about various genetics topics. Librarians working with the public must be aware of both important issues surrounding genetics, and resources available to assist patrons in locating and evaluating sometimes complex and confusing information. Sponsored by the Southeastern and Middle Atlantic Regions (SEA/MAR), this asynchronous online class provides an opportunity to become better equipped to address the genetic health information needs of your community.

Health Statistics on the Web – March 5, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), this course focuses on the location, selection, and effective use of statistics relevant to health on the local, state, national, and international levels. The importance and relevance of health statistics in various contexts will be discussed. Participants will have the opportunity to become familiar with the features and scope of several statistics Internet resources through the use of numerous exercises. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1 total Category I contact education contact hour. Participants are also eligible for 1 MLA CE.

Stronger Together: Advocacy and Inclusivity, Public Libraries and The Autism Community – March 12, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Greater Midwest Region (GMR), this webinar will provide a panel discussion with three guest speakers about library services for the Autism community. Hear from library and community advocates about their passion for youth services and inclusive programming.

Health Literacy in an Academic Environment – March 17, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) outlines a vision for organizations and professionals to take an active role in improving health literacy. Several of its underlying goals are applicable to libraries, including those in higher education. A great opportunity exists for college and university libraries to provide high-quality health information while simultaneously educating students on how to select and use credible health information. Academic libraries independently, or in collaboration with public health services, can disseminate accurate health information and build campus-wide partnerships to improve health literacy. Sponsored by the Southeastern Atlantic Region (SEA), this webinar will highlight how a library from a mid-size university was able to collaborate with the university’s health service center to promote health literacy.

The DNA to Z of Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing: Separating Fact from Fiction – March 17, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – In the past few years, direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic tests have skyrocketed in popularity, with millions of people sending in samples to companies for tests purporting to reveal secrets about their ancestry, physical health, and more. Sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), this class will provide an overview of the history and current state of DTC genetic testing and explore the differences between various types of tests. It will also assess the veracity of claims commonly made by testing companies. Challenges surrounding these tests, including concerns about privacy, accuracy, and more, will be examined. Attendees will learn where to find essential background information about genetics needed to understand DTC tests and how to locate more advanced professional assistance.

Caring for the Mind: Providing Mental Health Information At Your Library – March 24, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Responding to questions involving topics on mental health is challenging even for the most experienced librarian. Join the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) for this webinar to learn how to effectively provide mental health information at your library. Participants will learn about the best electronic resources to consult as well as ways to improve their print collections. Best approaches for handling interactions with emotional patrons will also be discussed. Other topics covered include: bibliotherapy; assessment/testing; and the future of mental health.

New classes on-demand! Looking for more self-paced learning opportunities? Check out NNLM’s new
Introduction to Health Reference: Ethics and Best Practices. Learn how to conduct a health reference interview using ethical and effective communication strategies in this 4 credit/4 module asynchronous online class. Through interactive, self-paced tutorials, discussion forums, and a synthesis exercise, users will learn what a health reference interview is, how the library can protect patrons’ health privacy and confidentiality using ethical guidelines from library associations, effective communication strategies to identify the health information needs of patrons, and simple methods for evaluating online health information that can be easily explained to patrons.

*Please note that the class registration system requires obtaining an NNLM account prior to registration. Learn how to register for classes from the NTO.

Other Items of Interest

Job Postings:

Laying the Groundwork for Better Heart Health in 2020 and Beyond – AHRQ Views

Navigating the Health Care System – This four-unit health literacy curriculum designed by Nemours Children’s Health System can help prepare high-school-aged adolescents to be responsible for managing their own health care as they transition into adulthood. Units include definitions (health, health care, self-advocacy, health literacy), types of care (emergency department, urgent care, primary care provider), self-advocacy, and personal/family medical history; Symptoms, diagnosis, medications and vaccinations; Health insurance and adolescents’ right to privacy; and Practical application of the skills covered through real-life scenarios and role-plays. The full curriculum is available for download after creating a free account.

Black History Month: Throughout the month of February, the Office of Minority Health (OMH) will focus on the positive impact an active and healthy lifestyle can have in helping to eliminate cardiovascular health disparities affecting the African American community. Use OMH as a resource for graphics, fact sheets and publications you can share, and join the conversation by participating in a #LoveYourHeartChat on February 19 at 2:00 PM ET. Partnering with the NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), this Twitter chat will raise awareness about the importance of maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle in order to overcome cardiovascular health disparities in the African American community.

American Heart Month: In February, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) is focusing on the importance of social support to engaging in, and maintaining heart healthy behaviors like getting more physical activity, eating a healthy diet, reducing stress and quitting smoking. Use the American Heart Month Outreach toolkit as a resource for heart-health programming, including social media graphics and animated GIFs, fact sheets, drop-in articles, and PowerPoint slides. #OurHearts are Healthier Together!

Libraries as Partners in Healthy Communities – March 3-13, 2020 – join WebJunction for a free, two-week course to explore how your library can actively partner to promote the health of your community through responsive programs and services, and learn how to incorporate this focus into your library’s strategic plan. This course will look at the many ways public libraries are supporting community health, and provide strategies and methods to identify activities that serve the health needs of your community. WebJunction’s Dale Musselman and NNLM’s Darlene Kaskie will present this free course in two live, online sessions, on March 3 and 10, from 2:00-3:00 PM ET, with two additional hours of readings and assignments for learners to complete on their own. You’ll also be encouraged to share your ideas and learning with others enrolled in the course through active discussion forums.

Academic Libraries and Autism Spectrum Disorder – March 3, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – According to the Centers for Disease Control (2019), 1 in every 59 children in the United States has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). One of the results of the increased prevalence of ASD is a larger number of students with ASD are now participating in higher education. The transition into higher education is potentially difficult for students with ASD and support services are necessary to help make the transition successful. Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Library Association College & Research Division (PaLA CRD), this presentation will focus on how services and outreach initiatives by academic libraries can help students with ASD succeed in college.

Library Research for Water Resources – March 5, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – The Princeton University Library provides research services and instructional sessions to library users for finding print, digital, and online library materials for geosciences and environmental studies from governments (local, state, federal, international), societies, consultants, companies, and other information sources. This webinar is led by Emily Wild, Chemistry, Geosciences, and Environmental Studies Librarian, and focuses on how to discover information sources and products related to the topics of precipitation, water temperature, water use (water quantity), water-supply systems, surface water, groundwater, water quality, floods, droughts, and hurricanes.

Strategies for Recruiting and Retaining Librarians of Color – March 12, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Join The African American Medical Library Alliance Caucus (AAMLA) for this webinar, featuring three guest speakers, on the importance of recruiting and retaining underrepresented or minoritized librarians. Twanna Hodge will discuss the recruitment process for library residencies and recruitment strategies for early career BIPOC librarians. Tamara Nelson will discuss intentional recruiting of diverse candidates using direct strategies to recruit librarians of color that goes beyond just only posting the position, including ways to be proactive. Alan R. Bailey will discuss practices academic libraries should follow to create a welcoming and inclusive workplace – a workplace that embraces diversity and fosters success for all librarians but specifically those from diverse populations.

Basic Statistics for Research Design – March 25, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – If you want to do research or assessment and are confused by statistics, this webinar is for you. You will gain an overview of five common statistical tests and practical guidance on choosing which to apply when. This practical approach targets key basics to keep in mind when choosing a test to answer a research or assessment question. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

Make Fun of Learning! Game-Based Learning for Student Success – April 15, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – This course will explore the use of games in the classroom to enhance student participation and learning. The instructor will discuss the differences between gamification and game-based learning, why those distinctions are important, and the psychology behind both philosophies. Participants will learn how to spot opportunities for games in their own classrooms, the board game design process, and when games are appropriate in a class setting. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

2020 Public Health Learning Forum & TRAIN Learning Network Annual Meeting – Join the Public Health Foundation (PHF) and TRAIN Learning Network at the 2020 Public Health Learning Forum & TRAIN Learning Network Annual Meeting, May 4-7, in Pittsburgh, PA. Working Together, Training Together: Public Health, Emergency Preparedness, and Healthcare is this year’s meeting theme and highlights effective practices in workforce development, online learning, and learning platform administration across the health sector. This four-day event features the latest innovations in health workforce training and presentations from the individuals leading these transformative initiatives.

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In the Region

Thu, 2020-02-13 11:35

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR) staff are always working on something new! Whether we’re developing and teaching classes, exhibiting or presenting at conferences, visiting our Members and Partners, or spending time in the office, our work focuses on advancing the progress of medicine and improving public health through access to health information. Read about some of our more recent activities, highlighted below, to learn what your Regional Medical Library is doing to support health outreach and programming in New York, New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania.

Erin Seger, Thinking About Program Evaluation: I’m currently taking a course about public health program evaluation at the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health. It’s gotten me thinking about the different ways MAR and our partners can evaluate programs so that our stakeholders know how important our work is! Did you know that there are evaluation materials available from the NNLM National Evaluation office? In their Four Steps to an Evaluation Plan, NEO outlines some ways that an organization can get started with program evaluation. These steps include: doing a community assessment, making a logic model, developing measurable objectives, and creating an evaluation plan. This information is relevant because NNLM MAR recently announced our annual funding opportunities. It can seem like a lot of work to make a logic model and objectives before you write a grant, but doing this can definitely help strengthen a proposal because your plan will be more organized, making it clearer to reviewers what you aim to accomplish. MAR has some upcoming webinars that can help you get started with a proposal. One of these will talk about how County Health Rankings and Roadmaps can support what you put into your logic model. If you’re interested, join us on February 19 from 3:00-4:00 PM ET for What Works for Health? Using County Health Rankings and Roadmaps in Grant Writing.

Michael Balkenhol, Summer Reading and PLA: If your library is gearing up for summer reading, check out our health programming plans that compliment the summer reading theme of Imagine Your Story for 2020! Later this month, I will be heading to the Public Library Association (PLA) Conference in Nashville, TN. If you are heading to the conference, visit me at the National Library of Medicine Exhibit Booth #1907 on Thursday February 27 between 3:00-5:00 PM, or Friday February 28 between 11 AM and 1 PM. Hope to see you there!

Michelle Burda, Citizen Science at the NNLM Summit: I am happy to report that all of the MAR coordinators have made it safely back from snowy Salt Lake City, Utah where upon arrival there was about 8 inches of snow. We all gathered with coordinators from the other seven regions of NNLM to meet new colleagues, learn about new partnerships with community based organizations, new programs and offices at NNLM, and to exchange and brainstorm new ideas. One session that I attended that I want to share with you was focused on our involvement with citizen science. I did not know much about this program as it is one of the newer programs for NNLM. You will be hearing about more about Citizen Science Month in the weeks to come, and how you can become involved. If you don’t know much about citizen science like me, or want to see health-related projects, I would encourage you to explore our expanded partnership with SciStarter. On this page you will find an interactive tutorial that introduces you to the who, what, how, and why of citizen science. Stay tuned for information to come on Citizen Science month April 2020.

Kelsey Cowles, Returning from ALA Midwinter: Members of the MAR staff recently had the pleasure of connecting with many of our regional partners at the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter conference in Philadelphia. It was lovely to reconnect with established partners and meet so many new colleagues! MAR also funded four Library and Information Science (LIS) students to attend the conference with us to learn about the NLM and NNLM, attend sessions, and chat with librarians at the NLM exhibit booth. Additionally, PCOM’s library and Temple University’s Health Sciences Library generously hosted me and two of the students for site visits. The students and I had a wonderful time receiving tours of the libraries and partaking in in-depth discussions about their operations. They found the experience of comparing and contrasting how the libraries at two different institutions support students and faculty very valuable. We are looking forward to working with these bright students in the future!

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High Quality Nutrition Information Resources

Wed, 2020-02-12 16:35
Erin Seger

Erin Seger

As I prepare to speak at the New York State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Annual Conference in April, I’ve reflected on resources appropriate for dieticians and others who work in nutrition-related fields. In my role as Health Professions Coordinator at the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR), I focus on outreach and training as it relates to public health professionals and clinicians. From my personal experience, dieticians can fit into either, or both, of these categories. When I was a hospital-based Health Educator, I worked with dieticians on nutrition lesson plans for patients. In other roles, I have met public health professionals with a nutrition background. NLM has a number of resources for both clinical and public health dieticians.

Many dieticians are familiar with PubMed from their time as students. While less well-known than PubMed itself, PubMed Special Queries can support nutrition professionals in conducting nutrition-related searches, such as those related to health disparities or AIDS. The Healthy People 2020 Structured Evidence Queries help a user find citations to published literature related to the Healthy People 2020 topic areas and objectives. These SEQs are linked in the Special Queries section of PubMed, as well as through another NLM resource, PHPartners.

Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce

PHPartners is a portal for the public health workforce that links to news, reports, data, tools, and statistics on public health topics. A user can locate the Healthy People SEQs from the PHPartners homepage. Click any Topic Area for PubMed searches for specific objectives. For example, the Nutrition and Weight Status objective to “increase the variety and contribution of vegetables to the diets of the population aged 2 years and older” links to 113 related citations. In addition to the SEQs, PHPartners has a topic page about nutrition, linking to nutrition news, grants, education and information.

If a nutrition professional wants to expand their search beyond PubMed and PHPartners, NICHSR ONESearch is useful. This searches information in PHPartners as well as three other resources: Health Services Research Information Central (HSRIC), Health Services/Sciences Research Resources (HSRR) and Health Services Research Projects in Progress (HSRProj). These resources will provide everything from citations, to datasets and research in progress, to news and reports related to health services research. Using NICHSR ONESearch can save time by searching four resources at once. When I search for information about diabetes self-management in NICHSR ONEsearch, I get a wealth of information ranging from citations, to instruments to measure self-management, to completed and ongoing programs related to diabetes self-management, and mobile applications to support self-management.

MedlinePlus Trusted Health Information for You

MedlinePlus, NLM’s main consumer health portal, provides a wealth of nutrition information that is both trustworthy and easy to understand. From topic pages on prevalent chronic conditions requiring nutrition changes such as diabetes and heart disease, to healthy recipes, MedlinePlus is a great tool for patient education.

NNLM provides lesson plans and programs that may be of interest to dieticians. If you read a recent article by my NNLM MAR colleague Michael Balkenhol, you likely saw his description of the lesson plans and information available as part of the NNLM partnership with the Collaborative Summer Library Program. Fairytale Nutrition helps you take food and nutrition to a fantastical level with story time, cooking, and/or gardening programs.

If you work in the field of nutrition, or provide information to support someone who does, I encourage you to explore these nutrition related resources and programs.

Written by Erin Seger, Health Professions Coordinator, for the Winter 2020 edition of The MAReport quarterly newsletter.

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Weekly Postings

Fri, 2020-02-07 11:06

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Spotlight

Funding Available Now! The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR) invites applications for health information outreach and programming projects. Review our available awards and resources, and submit your proposal by April 10 at 12:00 PM ET.

Help us improve nnlm.gov: If you have visited our website to look for training or funding opportunities, find resources on health topics, update your Membership record, order free materials, or even to contact us for assistance, we want to hear about your experience! All NNLM users are encouraged to provide feedback by completing a brief survey about the features and functions of our website. The survey will be open for response through February 29, 2020.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

Free Health Programming for NYC Area Libraries! Through funding from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR) and the All of Us Research Program, End of Life Choices New York is expanding their programming to offer additional community education presentations on end of life issues at New York libraries.

National Health Observances: Looking for tools and materials to promote Heart Health and Black History Month? Check out the NNLM Community Engagement Network’s National Health Observances page for premade slides, handouts, social media blurbs, and kits that support health programming throughout the year.

MLA to Launch a New EFTS System – DOCLINE Talkline

NLM Announces 2020 History Talks Series! – Latitudes, the Newsletter from PSR

NLM/NIH News

When the Whole Is Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts – Taking a holistic view of progress is not always easy. It can require abandoning efforts that benefit only a single division for ones that will likely have a greater impact on the overall organization. Or reshuffling division-specific priorities to advance trans-NLM priorities. And sometimes it requires coming to broad agreement on prioritizing varied and diverse goals. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

All in Their Heads: When Faces Made the Case for Lobotomy – If you were mentally ill back in the late 1930s to late 1950s, doctors might have tried to cure you by drilling a hole in your brain and disconnecting the thalamus from the frontal lobe. Why did the medical community back then accept what seems preposterous to us now? – NLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Why Flies and Humans Freeze When Startled – When faced with something unexpected and potentially ominous, like a sudden, loud noise or a threat of danger, humans often freeze before we act. This is colloquially referred to as the “deer in the headlights” phenomenon. – NIH Director’s Blog

Card Tricks: The Decline & Fall of a Bibliographic Tool – There was a time, not so very long ago, when card catalogues were pretty much synonymous with libraries. You really could not imagine one without the other. – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

Request for Information: ClinicalTrials.gov Modernization – The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is requesting public comment to guide efforts to enhance and better support the users of ClinicalTrials.gov, the world’s largest public clinical research registry and results database. The deadline to submit a response is March 14, 2020.

How PubMed® Works – This new training series from NLM and NNLM is the best way to get up to speed on the new PubMed and how to use it! Registration for the first round of “How PubMed Works,” is open now. If you can’t make it, you’ll find recordings posted to the Trainer’s Toolkit– another new resource that collects PubMed instructional materials and updated PubMed Quick Tours. Subscribe to the NLM Technical Bulletin for the latest updates on PubMed and other NLM tools you may be using!

NIH News in Health: The February 2020 issue is now available, featuring, “Gut Troubles: Pain, Gassiness, Bloating, and More,” and, “Disrupted Speech: Why Do We Stutter?” Other topics include changes in blood proteins across a lifespan, teen health, and moms’ mental health.

MedlinePlus Health Topics: Coronavirus Infections

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

NNLM and NLM classes are free and open to all. Please feel free to share our training opportunities!

February 2020

Framing the Future of Partnering with Your Community – February 12, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Discover how to engage and create long lasting partnerships with community members while disseminating consumer health information. Sponsored by the Southeastern Atlantic Region (SEA), this webinar will discuss the difference between engagement and outreach, building trust within your community to support impactful collaborations, and creating and finding community engagement resources. This presentation will also review and discuss key takeaways from several community health engagement initiatives including helpful strategies learned and finding positive aspects from events that did not go as planned.

The Importance of Digital Literacy and Its Impact on Understanding Health Information – February 17, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Technology is continuing to improve, and more and more people are looking online for health information, managing care, and trusted advice. Despite the increasing use, there is a digital divide for many individuals that greatly impact their ability to find and access trusted quality health information. Wisconsin Health Literacy developed a digital health literacy program, Health Online: Finding Information You Can Trust, to focus on improving the digital divide. Join this webinar with the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network (CEN) to learn about digital literacy strategies to make digital health resources user friendly for all patrons and ways to help them access reliable health information online.

What Works for Health? Using County Health Rankings and Roadmaps in Grant Writing – February 19, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), this session will provide an overview of What Works for Health, a resource from County Health Rankings and Roadmaps (CHRR). What Works for Health rates the evidence of a broad range of strategies that can affect health through changes to health behaviors, clinical care, social and environmental factors, and the physical environment. From the National Network of Public Health Institutes, Toni Lewis will discuss how those preparing funding applications can use What Works for Health when writing their evidence of need. This class will also provide examples of past funded NNLM projects that align with strategies Toni highlights. The audience will learn a practical way to use CHRR as it relates to applying for NNLM funding or other funding opportunities. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1 total Category I contact education contact hour, including 1 advanced level CECH. Participants are also eligible for 1 MLA CE.

The Ten Most Frequently Asked Questions about Genetic Testing – February 19, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – Advertising for DNA testing companies proliferates the media these days, but many individuals spit or swab, and then wonder how to get beyond their ethnicity results. The first questions usually asked regarding genetic testing are: “Where should I test?” and “I got my results, now what?”. Sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR), participants will explore these questions and more in this presentation, as an introduction to the world of DNA and interpreting test results. More advanced tools will be introduced that are fun and give the researcher real information they can use. If you have tested, review your results before the session.

National Library of Medicine Resources for Citizen Scientists – February 24, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Citizen science is happening all around you! 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. In this class with the Pacific Southwest Region (PSR), participants will learn how to support citizen science in their communities and ways that libraries can participate. Participants will learn about citizen science library program models, free National Library of Medicine resources to incorporate into citizen science library programs, and sources of funding to explore for buying testing kits or supporting community research efforts. Citizen science library programs are perfect for all ages, and all types of libraries.

Applying for NNLM MAR Funding – What You Need to Know – February 25, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Join this presentation to hear about about funding opportunities and the logistics of applying for an award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR). Get project ideas, insider’s tips, and a demo of our new online application. There will be a brief presentation and then an opportunity for your questions to be answered. The NNLM MAR call for proposals will be posted on February 7, 2020. If you cannot attend the live webinar but would like the information, please register. A recording of the class will be sent to all registrants.

From Problem to Prevention: Evidence-Based Public Health – February 26, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Curious about evidence-based public health (EBPH) but not sure where to start? Sponsored by the New England Region (NER), this class will explain the basics of evidence-based public health (EBPH) and highlight essentials of the EBPH process such as identifying the problem, forming a question, searching the literature, and evaluating the intervention. The purpose of this class is to provide an introduction to the world of evidence based public health and to give those already familiar with EBPH useful information that can be applied in their practices. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1 total Category I contact education contact hour. Participants are also eligible for 1 MLA CE.

Privacy Research & Clinical Text Deidentification with NLM-Scrubber – February 27, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – We strive to discover new clinical facts to promote evidence-based clinical sciences, but such potential discoveries are locked in electronic health record systems due to privacy concerns. Unfortunately, there is no silver bullet to resolve this vexing social concern. In this presentation with the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), Dr. Mehmet Kayaalp will deconstruct the problem to understand what makes privacy so complex. How can we tap into big health data while preserving the privacy of the patient? One technological solution is NLM-Scrubber, a clinical text de-identification tool developed at the National Library of Medicine. Dr. Kayaalp will discuss what NLM-Scrubber offers to clinical scientists, data managers, and privacy officers in academic medical settings.

March 2020

ABCs of DNA: Unraveling the Mystery of Genetics Information for Consumers – March 2-27, 2020 – Consumers need access to understandable information and resources about various genetics topics. Librarians working with the public must be aware of both important issues surrounding genetics, and resources available to assist patrons in locating and evaluating sometimes complex and confusing information. Sponsored by the Southeastern and Middle Atlantic Regions (SEA/MAR), this asynchronous online class provides an opportunity to become better equipped to address the genetic health information needs of your community.

Health Statistics on the Web – March 5, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), this course focuses on the location, selection, and effective use of statistics relevant to health on the local, state, national, and international levels. The importance and relevance of health statistics in various contexts will be discussed. Participants will have the opportunity to become familiar with the features and scope of several statistics Internet resources through the use of numerous exercises. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1 total Category I contact education contact hour. Participants are also eligible for 1 MLA CE.

How PubMed® Works: Introduction – March 11, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Join the NNLM Training Office (NTO) to learn about what PubMed is and what’s included in it. This class will explore how to find the original research that is the basis for a news article and spend time searching for articles by a specific author and searching on a specific subject. Participants will practice narrowing results to a more specific set of results, and explore the Advanced Search Builder and search history.

Stronger Together: Advocacy and Inclusivity, Public Libraries and The Autism Community – March 12, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Greater Midwest Region (GMR), this webinar will provide a panel discussion with three guest speakers about library services for the Autism community. Hear from library and community advocates about their passion for youth services and inclusive programming.

Health Literacy in an Academic Environment – March 17, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) outlines a vision for organizations and professionals to take an active role in improving health literacy. Several of its underlying goals are applicable to libraries, including those in higher education. A great opportunity exists for college and university libraries to provide high-quality health information while simultaneously educating students on how to select and use credible health information. Academic libraries independently, or in collaboration with public health services, can disseminate accurate health information and build campus-wide partnerships to improve health literacy. Sponsored by the Southeastern Atlantic Region (SEA), this webinar will highlight how a library from a mid-size university was able to collaborate with the university’s health service center to promote health literacy.

The DNA to Z of Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing: Separating Fact from Fiction – March 17, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – In the past few years, direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic tests have skyrocketed in popularity, with millions of people sending in samples to companies for tests purporting to reveal secrets about their ancestry, physical health, and more. Sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), this class will provide an overview of the history and current state of DTC genetic testing and explore the differences between various types of tests. It will also assess the veracity of claims commonly made by testing companies. Challenges surrounding these tests, including concerns about privacy, accuracy, and more, will be examined. Attendees will learn where to find essential background information about genetics needed to understand DTC tests and how to locate more advanced professional assistance.

Caring for the Mind: Providing Mental Health Information At Your Library – March 24, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Responding to questions involving topics on mental health is challenging even for the most experienced librarian. Join the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) for this webinar to learn how to effectively provide mental health information at your library. Participants will learn about the best electronic resources to consult as well as ways to improve their print collections. Best approaches for handling interactions with emotional patrons will also be discussed. Other topics covered include: bibliotherapy; assessment/testing; and the future of mental health.

*Please note that the class registration system requires obtaining an NNLM account prior to registration. Learn how to register for classes from the NTO.

Other Items of Interest

Job Postings:

New AHRQ How-To Guide Helps Primary Care Practices Manage Patients Taking Opioids – AHRQ Views

Navigating the Health Care System – This four-unit health literacy curriculum designed by Nemours Children’s Health System can help prepare high-school-aged adolescents to be responsible for managing their own health care as they transition into adulthood. Units include definitions (health, health care, self-advocacy, health literacy), types of care (emergency department, urgent care, primary care provider), self-advocacy, and personal/family medical history; Symptoms, diagnosis, medications and vaccinations; Health insurance and adolescents’ right to privacy; and Practical application of the skills covered through real-life scenarios and role-plays. The full curriculum is available for download after creating a free account.

Black History Month: Throughout the month of February, the Office of Minority Health (OMH) will focus on the positive impact an active and healthy lifestyle can have in helping to eliminate cardiovascular health disparities affecting the African American community. Use OMH as a resource for graphics, fact sheets and publications you can share, and join the conversation by participating in a #LoveYourHeartChat on February 19 at 2:00 PM ET. Partnering with the NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), this Twitter chat will raise awareness about the importance of maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle in order to overcome cardiovascular health disparities in the African American community.

American Heart Month: In February, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) is focusing on the importance of social support to engaging in, and maintaining heart healthy behaviors like getting more physical activity, eating a healthy diet, reducing stress and quitting smoking. Use the American Heart Month Outreach toolkit as a resource for heart-health programming, including social media graphics and animated GIFs, fact sheets, drop-in articles, and PowerPoint slides. #OurHearts are Healthier Together!

Write the Vision: Make Your Plan to Protect Your Sight – Looking for materials to promote eye health all year long? From the National Eye Institute (NEI), Write the Vision is a calendar-based eye health awareness initiative that provides organizations with articles, fact sheets, infographics, social media content, and other resources to promote healthy vision and help prevent vision loss and blindness in African American communities. Materials for the month of February focus on family history.

Basic Statistics for Research Appraisal – February 13, 2:00-3:30 PM ET -You don’t need to take years of statistics to gain a significant amount of useful knowledge. With a basic understanding of the core concepts and principles of statistics, you’ll gain the confidence to tackle a wide range of stats questions. You’ll also be able to assess the quality and value of research, locate specific methodological papers, and communicate research conclusions to users. This webinar takes a gentle approach to teaching you about study design, probability, sampling, distributions, generalizability, hypothesis testing, and other basic concepts in statistics. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

Libraries as Partners in Healthy Communities – March 3-13, 2020 – join WebJunction for a free, two-week course to explore how your library can actively partner to promote the health of your community through responsive programs and services, and learn how to incorporate this focus into your library’s strategic plan. This course will look at the many ways public libraries are supporting community health, and provide strategies and methods to identify activities that serve the health needs of your community. WebJunction’s Dale Musselman and NNLM’s Darlene Kaskie will present this free course in two live, online sessions, on March 3 and 10, from 2:00-3:00 PM ET, with two additional hours of readings and assignments for learners to complete on their own. You’ll also be encouraged to share your ideas and learning with others enrolled in the course through active discussion forums.

Library Research for Water Resources – March 5, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – The Princeton University Library provides research services and instructional sessions to library users for finding print, digital, and online library materials for geosciences and environmental studies from governments (local, state, federal, international), societies, consultants, companies, and other information sources. This webinar is led by Emily Wild, Chemistry, Geosciences, and Environmental Studies Librarian, and focuses on how to discover information sources and products related to the topics of precipitation, water temperature, water use (water quantity), water-supply systems, surface water, groundwater, water quality, floods, droughts, and hurricanes.

Basic Statistics for Research Design – March 25, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – If you want to do research or assessment and are confused by statistics, this webinar is for you. You will gain an overview of five common statistical tests and practical guidance on choosing which to apply when. This practical approach targets key basics to keep in mind when choosing a test to answer a research or assessment question. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

Make Fun of Learning! Game-Based Learning for Student Success – April 15, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – This course will explore the use of games in the classroom to enhance student participation and learning. The instructor will discuss the differences between gamification and game-based learning, why those distinctions are important, and the psychology behind both philosophies. Participants will learn how to spot opportunities for games in their own classrooms, the board game design process, and when games are appropriate in a class setting. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

2020 Public Health Learning Forum & TRAIN Learning Network Annual Meeting – Join the Public Health Foundation (PHF) and TRAIN Learning Network at the 2020 Public Health Learning Forum & TRAIN Learning Network Annual Meeting, May 4-7, in Pittsburgh, PA. Working Together, Training Together: Public Health, Emergency Preparedness, and Healthcare is this year’s meeting theme and highlights effective practices in workforce development, online learning, and learning platform administration across the health sector. This four-day event features the latest innovations in health workforce training and presentations from the individuals leading these transformative initiatives.

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Funding Available in NY, NJ, PA and DE for Health Information Outreach

Fri, 2020-02-07 07:00

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR) invites applications for health information outreach and programming projects.

The mission of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine is to advance the progress of medicine, improve public health by providing U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information, and improve individuals’ access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health. Under a Cooperative Agreement with the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System serves as the Regional Medical Library for NNLM MAR.

  • Period of Performance: May 15, 2020 – April 30, 2021
  • Due Date: April 10, 2020 at noon ET
  • Notification of Awards: May 1, 2020

Eligibility: Network member organizations in the Middle Atlantic Region (Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania) are eligible to apply. Membership is free and open to libraries of all kinds, community-based organizations, clinics, public health departments and other organizations that provide or distribute health information. If your institution is not a NNLM Member, submit an application for Membership at least 3 weeks prior to the funding deadline. Membership is not automatic. A Member record is required to submit an application.

Available awards

Health Information Outreach Award: The purpose of the Health Information Outreach Award is to fund education and outreach projects that improve access to biomedical and health information and increase the ability of the public and health professionals to use these resources.

  • Amount: Up to $20,000
  • Awards Available: Minimum of 5 awards

Data Award: The purpose of the Data Award is to support data sharing and open science, and foster the development of information professionals in data science.

  • Amount: Up to $20,000
  • Awards Available: Minimum of 3 awards

Professional Development Award: This award enables individuals at NNLM MAR network member institutions to expand professional knowledge and experience in data science or health information access/delivery.

  • Amount: Up to $5,000
  • Awards Available: Minimum of 5 awards
Resources

New this year! Applications will only be accepted via the NNLM Online Applications System. Please allow extra time to familiarize yourself with the system requirements and watch a brief video tutorial about submitting an application.

Resources are available to help potential applicants, including:

Interested applicants are invited to attend these related webinars:

NNLM MAR staff are available for consultation and training on applicable National Library of Medicine resources and potential projects. Complete the NNLM MAR Award Interest Form, and someone will respond within three business days.

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Weekly Postings

Fri, 2020-01-31 11:23

See something of interest? Please share our postings with colleagues in your institutions!

Spotlight

Read the MAReport: This quarter, Michael Balkenhol offers a few ideas for incorporating health into your plans for summer programming.

How PubMed® Works – This new training series from NLM and NNLM is the best way to get up to speed on the new PubMed and how to use it! Registration for the first round of “How PubMed Works,” is open now. If you can’t make it, you’ll find recordings posted to the Trainer’s Toolkit– another new resource that collects PubMed instructional materials and updated PubMed Quick Tours. Subscribe to the NLM Technical Bulletin for the latest updates on PubMed and other NLM tools you may be using!

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

The MAR offices will be closed February 3-5 while we attend the NNLM Summit in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Help us improve nnlm.gov: If you have visited our website to look for training or funding opportunities, find resources on health topics, update your Membership record, order free materials, or even to contact us for assistance, we want to hear about your experience! All NNLM users are encouraged to provide feedback by completing a brief survey about the features and functions of our website. The survey will be open for response through February 29, 2020.

Free Health Programming for NYC Area Libraries! Through funding from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR) and the All of Us Research Program, End of Life Choices New York is expanding their programming to offer additional community education presentations on end of life issues at New York libraries.

National Health Observances: Looking for tools and materials to promote Heart Health and Black History Month? Check out the NNLM Community Engagement Network’s National Health Observances page for premade slides, handouts, social media blurbs, and kits that support health programming throughout the year.

Save the Date: Call for Requests on NLM Traveling Exhibitions – MARquee News Highlights

ClinicalTrials.gov Updates Procedures for Quality Control and Posting Procedures – Newsbits from PSR

The Data Privacy Puzzle – NER Update

NLM/NIH News

The Engineering Marvel of the Panama Canal — and of NLM – The American Society of Civil Engineers named the Panama Canal one of the seven wonders of the modern world because of the amazing engineering effort it required. In a way, the National Library of Medicine is also an engineering wonder whose underlying framework remains mostly hidden from view. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Working to Improve Immunotherapy for Lung Cancer – This revolutionary approach has dramatically changed the treatment landscape for the most common type of lung cancer, non-small cell lung cancer. – NIH Director’s Blog

Hurrah for France and Fried Potatoes – Nicole Baker, Reference Librarian in the History of Medicine Division at the National Library of Medicine, writes about her discoveries of items related to tattooing in the NLM historical collections. – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

Request for Information: ClinicalTrials.gov Modernization – The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is requesting public comment to guide efforts to enhance and better support the users of ClinicalTrials.gov, the world’s largest public clinical research registry and results database. The deadline to submit a response is March 14, 2020.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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February 2020

Food for Thought: Creating Resilient Rural Communities – February 6, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – A lack of access to fresh food leads to an increase in obesity, diabetes, and other health concerns. The Southern Adirondack Library System (SALS) and the Comfort Food Community food pantry teamed up to address these and other challenges (adult literacy, food scarcity, food waste, food access, rural food deserts, and transportation) by launching the Fresh Food Collective Farm-2-Library initiative. They reduced food waste by gleaning produce from local farms, then distributed the produce through small, rural libraries where food scarcity, limited food pantry access, and transportation all limit access to fresh fruits and vegetables. In the first year, nearly 2,500 pounds of fresh produce were distributed, bringing new faces into the library, creating and deepening relationships with the community fostering renewed interest in library services from populations that were previously reluctant users. Join the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) for this webinar to learn more about this project.

Framing the Future of Partnering with Your Community – February 12, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Discover how to engage and create long lasting partnerships with community members while disseminating consumer health information. Sponsored by the Southeastern Atlantic Region (SEA), this webinar will discuss the difference between engagement and outreach, building trust within your community to support impactful collaborations, and creating and finding community engagement resources. This presentation will also review and discuss key takeaways from several community health engagement initiatives including helpful strategies learned and finding positive aspects from events that did not go as planned.

Wellness in the Library Workplace – February 17-March 8, 2020 – You’re a library worker – you’re already helping those in your community find health information. What are you doing to manage your own well-being? Individual and community well-being are inherently connected. Thus, it is critical that workplaces be an area of wellness for their employees. Join NNLM for this asynchronous online course to discover ways to improve your own personal well-being and create a healthy workplace. If you are a supervisor, how are you helping to ensure your staff stays healthy (physically, emotionally, etc.)? This class will also discuss ways to increase overall wellness for all staff in libraries so that we have happy, healthy and safe work environments.

The Importance of Digital Literacy and Its Impact on Understanding Health Information – February 17, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Technology is continuing to improve, and more and more people are looking online for health information, managing care, and trusted advice. Despite the increasing use, there is a digital divide for many individuals that greatly impact their ability to find and access trusted quality health information. Wisconsin Health Literacy developed a digital health literacy program, Health Online: Finding Information You Can Trust, to focus on improving the digital divide. Join this webinar with the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network (CEN) to learn about digital literacy strategies to make digital health resources user friendly for all patrons and ways to help them access reliable health information online.

What Works for Health? Using County Health Rankings and Roadmaps in Grant Writing – February 19, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), this session will provide an overview of What Works for Health, a resource from County Health Rankings and Roadmaps (CHRR). What Works for Health rates the evidence of a broad range of strategies that can affect health through changes to health behaviors, clinical care, social and environmental factors, and the physical environment. From the National Network of Public Health Institutes, Toni Lewis will discuss how those preparing funding applications can use What Works for Health when writing their evidence of need. This class will also provide examples of past funded NNLM projects that align with strategies Toni highlights. The audience will learn a practical way to use CHRR as it relates to applying for NNLM funding or other funding opportunities. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1 total Category I contact education contact hour, including 1 advanced level CECH. Participants are also eligible for 1 MLA CE.

The Ten Most Frequently Asked Questions about Genetic Testing – February 19, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – Advertising for DNA testing companies proliferates the media these days, but many individuals spit or swab, and then wonder how to get beyond their ethnicity results. The first questions usually asked regarding genetic testing are: “Where should I test?” and “I got my results, now what?”. Sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR), participants will explore these questions and more in this presentation, as an introduction to the world of DNA and interpreting test results. More advanced tools will be introduced that are fun and give the researcher real information they can use. If you have tested, review your results before the session.

Stand Up for Health: Health and Wellness Services for Your Community for Public Libraries – February 24-March 22, 2020 – Do you work in a public library? Are you interested in engaging with other public librarians and staff members to improve your knowledge and comfort with health and wellness related reference and services? Join NNLM for this free online course for public librarians to create a cohort learning experience. Over four weeks this class will explore consumer health, health reference in a public library environment, free health resources for library staff and patrons, and developing health and wellness related programming. This course offers 12 MLA CE credits and covers the five competencies required for Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) level 1.

National Library of Medicine Resources for Citizen Scientists – February 24, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Citizen science is happening all around you! 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. In this class with the Pacific Southwest Region (PSR), participants will learn how to support citizen science in their communities and ways that libraries can participate. Participants will learn about citizen science library program models, free National Library of Medicine resources to incorporate into citizen science library programs, and sources of funding to explore for buying testing kits or supporting community research efforts. Citizen science library programs are perfect for all ages, and all types of libraries.

Beyond the Binary: Health Resources for Sexual and Gender Minorities – February 25-March 24, 2020 – Sponsored by the Greater Midwest and Pacific Southwest Regions (GMR/PSR), the purpose of this course is to provide culturally-appropriate health information resources for Sexual and Gender Minorities (SGM) populations and the librarians, health care practitioners, and others who support them. By the end of this course, participants will learn about four key points regarding the health information needs of the LGBTQ+ community, three concepts for providing a welcoming environment for SGMs, be able to identify three resources for providing health information regarding SGM, and search the professional literature for resources in PubMed and MeSH.

Applying for NNLM MAR Funding – What You Need to Know – February 25, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Join this presentation to hear about about funding opportunities and the logistics of applying for an award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR). Get project ideas, insider’s tips, and a demo of our new online application. There will be a brief presentation and then an opportunity for your questions to be answered. The NNLM MAR call for proposals will be posted on February 7, 2020. If you cannot attend the live webinar but would like the information, please register. A recording of the class will be sent to all registrants.

From Problem to Prevention: Evidence-Based Public Health – February 26, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Curious about evidence-based public health (EBPH) but not sure where to start? Sponsored by the New England Region (NER), this class will explain the basics of evidence-based public health (EBPH) and highlight essentials of the EBPH process such as identifying the problem, forming a question, searching the literature, and evaluating the intervention. The purpose of this class is to provide an introduction to the world of evidence based public health and to give those already familiar with EBPH useful information that can be applied in their practices. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1 total Category I contact education contact hour. Participants are also eligible for 1 MLA CE.

Privacy Research & Clinical Text Deidentification with NLM-Scrubber – February 27, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – We strive to discover new clinical facts to promote evidence-based clinical sciences, but such potential discoveries are locked in electronic health record systems due to privacy concerns. Unfortunately, there is no silver bullet to resolve this vexing social concern. In this presentation with the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), Dr. Mehmet Kayaalp will deconstruct the problem to understand what makes privacy so complex. How can we tap into big health data while preserving the privacy of the patient? One technological solution is NLM-Scrubber, a clinical text de-identification tool developed at the National Library of Medicine. Dr. Kayaalp will discuss what NLM-Scrubber offers to clinical scientists, data managers, and privacy officers in academic medical settings.

March 2020

Health Statistics on the Web – March 5, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), this course focuses on the location, selection, and effective use of statistics relevant to health on the local, state, national, and international levels. The importance and relevance of health statistics in various contexts will be discussed. Participants will have the opportunity to become familiar with the features and scope of several statistics Internet resources through the use of numerous exercises. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1 total Category I contact education contact hour. Participants are also eligible for 1 MLA CE.

How PubMed® Works: Introduction – March 11, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Join the NNLM Training Office (NTO) to learn about what PubMed is and what’s included in it. This class will explore how to find the original research that is the basis for a news article and spend time searching for articles by a specific author and searching on a specific subject. Participants will practice narrowing results to a more specific set of results, and explore the Advanced Search Builder and search history.

The DNA to Z of Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing: Separating Fact from Fiction – March 17, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – In the past few years, direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic tests have skyrocketed in popularity, with millions of people sending in samples to companies for tests purporting to reveal secrets about their ancestry, physical health, and more. Sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), this class will provide an overview of the history and current state of DTC genetic testing and explore the differences between various types of tests. It will also assess the veracity of claims commonly made by testing companies. Challenges surrounding these tests, including concerns about privacy, accuracy, and more, will be examined. Attendees will learn where to find essential background information about genetics needed to understand DTC tests and how to locate more advanced professional assistance.

Caring for the Mind: Providing Mental Health Information At Your Library – March 24, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Responding to questions involving topics on mental health is challenging even for the most experienced librarian. Join the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) for this webinar to learn how to effectively provide mental health information at your library. Participants will learn about the best electronic resources to consult as well as ways to improve their print collections. Best approaches for handling interactions with emotional patrons will also be discussed. Other topics covered include: bibliotherapy; assessment/testing; and the future of mental health.

*Please note that the class registration system requires obtaining an NNLM account prior to registration. Learn how to register for classes from the NTO.

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American Heart Month begins tomorrow! In February, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) is focusing on the importance of social support to engaging in, and maintaining heart healthy behaviors like getting more physical activity, eating a healthy diet, reducing stress and quitting smoking. Use the American Heart Month Outreach toolkit as a resource for heart-health programming, including social media graphics and animated GIFs, fact sheets, drop-in articles, PowerPoint slides, and even more promotional materials for National Wear Red Day, coming up on February 7. #OurHearts are Healthier Together!

Write the Vision: Make Your Plan to Protect Your Sight – Looking for materials to promote eye health all year long? From the National Eye Institute (NEI), Write the Vision is a calendar-based eye health awareness initiative that provides organizations with articles, fact sheets, infographics, social media content, and other resources to promote healthy vision and help prevent vision loss and blindness in African American communities. Materials for the month of February focus on family history.

Basic Statistics for Research Appraisal – February 13, 2:00-3:30 PM ET -You don’t need to take years of statistics to gain a significant amount of useful knowledge. With a basic understanding of the core concepts and principles of statistics, you’ll gain the confidence to tackle a wide range of stats questions. You’ll also be able to assess the quality and value of research, locate specific methodological papers, and communicate research conclusions to users. This webinar takes a gentle approach to teaching you about study design, probability, sampling, distributions, generalizability, hypothesis testing, and other basic concepts in statistics. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

Libraries as Partners in Healthy Communities – March 3-13, 2020 – join WebJunction for a free, two-week course to explore how your library can actively partner to promote the health of your community through responsive programs and services, and learn how to incorporate this focus into your library’s strategic plan. This course will look at the many ways public libraries are supporting community health, and provide strategies and methods to identify activities that serve the health needs of your community. WebJunction’s Dale Musselman and NNLM’s Darlene Kaskie will present this free course in two live, online sessions, on March 3 and 10, from 2:00-3:00 PM ET, with two additional hours of readings and assignments for learners to complete on their own. You’ll also be encouraged to share your ideas and learning with others enrolled in the course through active discussion forums.

Basic Statistics for Research Design – March 25, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – If you want to do research or assessment and are confused by statistics, this webinar is for you. You will gain an overview of five common statistical tests and practical guidance on choosing which to apply when. This practical approach targets key basics to keep in mind when choosing a test to answer a research or assessment question. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

Make Fun of Learning! Game-Based Learning for Student Success – April 15, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – This course will explore the use of games in the classroom to enhance student participation and learning. The instructor will discuss the differences between gamification and game-based learning, why those distinctions are important, and the psychology behind both philosophies. Participants will learn how to spot opportunities for games in their own classrooms, the board game design process, and when games are appropriate in a class setting. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant – The American Library Association (ALA) invites library workers to apply for a new annual grant to support innovative and meaningful community engagement efforts in libraries. The Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant will provide $2,000 for a school, public, academic, tribal or special library to expand its community engagement efforts. Libraries are invited to apply by designing and outlining activities for a library-led community engagement project. View the full award guidelines and apply by February 3, 2020.

Summer Health Professions Education Program – Share this opportunity with college students interested in the Health Professions! Sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, this free summer enrichment program is designed to improve access to information and resources for college students that identify with groups that are underrepresented in the health professions. The program includes academic enrichment in the basic sciences and quantitative topics; learning and study skills development; clinical exposure through small-group rotations in healthcare settings, simulation experiences, and seminars; career development sessions directed toward exploration of the health professions, the admissions process, and the development of an individualized education plan; a financial literacy and planning workshop that informs students of financial concepts and strategies; a health policy seminar series to expose scholars to a larger view of healthcare, health systems, and the social determinants of health; and an introduction to interprofessional education that addresses effective collaboration across health professions. Applications are due February 5, 2020.

2020 Public Health Learning Forum & TRAIN Learning Network Annual Meeting – Join the Public Health Foundation (PHF) and TRAIN Learning Network at the 2020 Public Health Learning Forum & TRAIN Learning Network Annual Meeting, May 4-7, in Pittsburgh, PA. Working Together, Training Together: Public Health, Emergency Preparedness, and Healthcare is this year’s meeting theme and highlights effective practices in workforce development, online learning, and learning platform administration across the health sector. This four-day event features the latest innovations in health workforce training and presentations from the individuals leading these transformative initiatives.

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