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Creative New Year’s Resolutions

Tue, 2020-01-21 07:00
Michelle Burda

Michelle Burda

Eighty percent of people who made New Year’s resolutions will break them by the middle of February1 but “those who are most successful in keeping their resolutions make sure the experience is positive by making sure that there are immediate rewards.”2

Be creative in 2020 and include participation in National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) activities, online classes and workshops as one of your New Year’s resolutions. A positive experience and immediate satisfaction will easily have you keeping this resolution.

Begin the year by becoming a NNLM member or by reviewing your organization’s membership record. Ensure that you will be the first to learn when funding applications are being accepted, the types of awards that will be offered this year, and about new classes that are being developed for 2020.

NNLM Liaison holding the certificate for their institution

Joan Wolff, Medical Librarian at Bryn Mawr Hospital

You will receive a certificate with the director of the National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) signature. That certificate lets everyone know your organization values quality information and supports the mission of the NNLM to advance the progress of medicine and improve public health through access to health information.

If another goal is to earn or maintain professional credentials (AHIP, CHIS, CHES), NNLM classes, whether online or as a webinar, can help you achieve this resolution throughout the year. NNLM classes are free and most NNLM classes are not restricted to a specific region. Note that certification credits will vary depending upon the topic. Classes are posted in NNLM MAR’s weekly postings and on the NNLM website. You can browse our course catalog by category, availability or search for classes accredited for specializations. Many of our classes can be taken on-demand to suit your schedule or needs.

If your personal resolutions include changing your eating habits, NLM’s MedlinePlus has resources on fruits and vegetables, healthy recipes, and health check tools. The My MedlinePlus weekly newsletter, delivered directly to your email, includes a healthy recipe for each week to help you be creative in the kitchen. The National Institutes of Health also has Wellness Toolkits with health tips.

Want to include more exercise in your life? Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website to find out how much physical activity you may want to include in your daily or weekly activity, according to the physical activity guidelines. The HHS Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion’s Move Your Way campaign also has resources, videos, and tools to help you be more active, and keep those healthy resolutions. Here are some tips to help you get started:

  • Set mini-goals to keep you motivated.
  • Explore new activities to make physical activity fun.
  • Try to get more sleep (7-8 hours).
  • Take time for yourself, and don’t let stress manage you!

I hope NNLM MAR can help you achieve your goals in 2020! Let us help you keep your resolutions!

References

  1. https://health.usnews.com/health-news/blogs/eat-run/articles/2015-12-29/why-80-percent-of-new-years-resolutions-fail
  2. Wooley K, Fishbach A. Pers Soc Psychol Bull. 2017;doi:10.1177/0146167216676480.

Written by Michelle Burda, Education & Health Literacy Coordinator, for the Winter 2020 edition of The MAReport quarterly newsletter.

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Weekly Postings

Fri, 2020-01-17 13:11

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Spotlight

What Will 2020 Bring? – Learn about some of the upcoming construction, projects, and advancements planned at the National Library of Medicine this year. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

National Health Observances: Looking for tools and materials to promote health, fitness and nutrition in the new year? 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.

Raise Awareness of Substance Misuse 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 substance misuse.

NLM/NIH News

A Real-Time Look at Value-Based Decision Making – All of us make many decisions every day. For most things, such as which jacket to wear or where to grab a cup of coffee, there’s usually no right answer, so we often decide using values rooted in our past experiences. Now, neuroscientists have identified the part of the mammalian brain that stores information essential to such value-based decision making. – NIH Director’s Blog

‘Barbed-wire disease’ during the First World War – Even before the guns fell silent in Northern France and Belgium on November 11, 1918, the prevalence of mental disturbance among young men who experienced artillery bombardment and combat in the trenches of the western front was grabbing the attention of the international scientific community. What became known as ‘shell shock’ had a major impact on the way medical experts viewed the consequences of modern warfare for the future of their profession—and for the future of humanity in general. – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

Actress Jordin Sparks Talks About Sickle Cell Disease in NIH MedlinePlus Magazine – The current issue of NIH MedlinePlus magazine brings you recording artist and Broadway actress Jordin Sparks sharing her family’s experience with sickle cell disease. Sparks opens up about honoring her late stepsister, giving more patients a voice, and reducing stigma. – NLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Stick With Us! Why Your Long-term Participation Matters – The All of Us Research Program

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

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!

January 2020

Stronger Together: Healthcare Coalitions in Rural and Frontier Areas – January 21, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Natural and man-made emergencies can have complex and devastating effects for any jurisdiction. However, rural and frontier communities face unique challenges to preparing for and responding to potential threats. Healthcare coalitions (HCCs) are multidisciplinary groups that include representatives from public health, emergency management, emergency medical services, hospitals and other community partners. Through the HCC, these organizations are able to enhance jurisdictional preparedness and response capabilities by coordinating planning efforts; creating and sharing resources and best practices; hosting trainings and conducting exercises; and providing technical assistance to enhance stakeholder preparedness programs. Sponsored by the New England Region (NER), in this presentation the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) and HCC representatives will provide an overview of the strengths and challenges experienced by rural and frontier HCCs and discuss how these groups work to make their communities more resilient.

That’s Not Funny! Or is it? – January 22, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – Join the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR) for the next installment in the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion webinar series. To be truly socially just do you have to eradicate humor? Let a trained professional explain how humor works and how it offends other people. Cultural appropriation, stereotypes, and harmful attempts at humor are not required to have a successful event. How can we plan better, intervene when something isn’t right, and take responsibility for harm in our communities? If we think before we joke – we can still joke.

Are You Ready? Essential Disaster Health Information Resources for Keeping Your Loved Ones Safe – January 27, 11:30-12:30 PM ET – Sponsored by the South Central Region (SCR), this class covers National Library of Medicine (NLM) disaster health information and other emergency preparedness resources for community educators, families, friends and caregivers. This presentation will review these resources and give updates on apps such as the Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (WISER). It will also feature government databases like PubMed and Disaster Lit for finding publications. Furthermore, opportunities for programming and a partnerships with non-traditional entities such as libraries will be discussed.

Exceptional Lives – January 29, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Join the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) and guest Julie McKinney, Health Literacy Specialist and Director of Product Content at Exceptional Lives, Inc., for this webinar. Exceptional Lives is a not-for-profit organization which provides easy-to-read information for parents and caregivers of children and adults with developmental disabilities. Their free online tools help families find the resources they need and walk them through the complicated processes of getting services and benefits for their child. The tools are developed using health literacy principles, and include comprehensive step-by-steps Guides as well as a searchable Resource Directory of local providers and support services. This webinar will discuss the need for this type of resource and include NLM and other government resources that are relevant to the topic.

NNLM Resource Picks: Bookshelf – January 29, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Join the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) for the next installment in this collaborative, bimonthly, webcast series featuring National Library of Medicine resources. Bookshelf provides free access to the full text of books and documents in the biomedical and life sciences as well as health care, medical humanities and social sciences. Through integration with other NCBI databases, such as PubMed, Gene, Genetic Testing Registry, and PubChem, Bookshelf also provides reference information for biological, chemical and other biomedical data and facilitates its discovery. This webinar will provide an overview of Bookshelf, including why it is a trusted resource of reference and health information, how it is related but different from PubMed Central and PubMed, and how to best find and navigate the content it archives.

Data Presentations: The Good, Bad and Unethical – January 30, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Join the New England Region (NER) and Massachusetts Health Science Library Network (MAHSLIN) for a presentation on the Edward Tufte One Day course on Presenting Data and Information workshop. Edward Tufte’s course has a focus on fundamental design strategies for information displays such as tables, diagrams, charts and data visualizations. This class will focus on Mr. Tufte’s evaluation of data visualizations, ethics of data visualization design, and the pitfalls of PowerPoint. This presentation will provide a fun and informative overview of the class, tips on how to spot deceptive data visualizations and evaluate data presentations.

Struggles and Strategies for Survival Beyond the Walls of Jail – January 30, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Join the New England Region (NER) for this webinar to hear a personal story of substance use disorder and incarceration from Louie Diaz, a substance use disorder counselor and re-entry specialist with the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office. Louie will discuss the work he is doing in Lowell and Lawrence, Massachusetts to address the addiction crisis, and what it was like to be followed by a film crew for 5 years during the making of a documentary. He will also share why the film is important as we begin to treat substance use disorder as a public health issue instead of a law enforcement issue.

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.

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.

*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:

AHRQ Advances New Frontiers in Digital Healthcare – AHRQ Views

Free eBook, Take Us to a Better Place – Sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, sign up to receive a free download of Take Us to a Better Place, a soon-to-be-released collection of 10 short stories that touch on topics as wide-ranging as health care, immigration, cultural identity, and gentrification.

Assessing Culturally Appropriate Treatment in Communities of Color: Role of Providers to Improve Quality of Care for Opioid Use Disorder – January 28, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the HHS Office of Minority Health, this webinar is the third of a three-part webinar series for providers aimed at raising awareness about and addressing opioid-related disparities among racial/ethnic minority populations. This webinar will highlight the use of the National CLAS Standards to improve engagement and care of racial/ethnic minority patients with an opioid use disorder. Speakers will discuss how their population or community-specific program has improved OUD treatment by using culturally and linguistically approaches/strategies. This webinar will be offered for Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) credit, and is eligible for 1.0 Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit through Meharry Medical College.

Ready, Set, PrEP Webinar – January 29, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – What is the new Ready, Set, PrEP program and how does it work? How does it fit into the federal plan to end the HIV epidemic in the United States? And how can you help implement it in your community? Public health and healthcare service providers, including staff from local health departments, community-based organizations, sexually transmitted infection clinics, community health centers, Title X clinics, and substance-use-disorder treatment providers can learn the answers to these questions by joining this webinar. Sponsored by the HHS Office of Infectious Disease and HIV/AIDS Policy (OIDP).

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.

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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February & March CHES Opportunities from NNLM

Thu, 2020-01-16 16:03

What Works for Health? Using County Health Rankings and Roadmaps in Grant WritingFebruary 19, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – This session will provide an overview of What Works for Health, a resource from County Health Rankings and Roadmaps (CHRR), a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. What Works for Health rates the evidence of a broad range of strategies (i.e., policies, programs, systems & environmental changes) that can affect health through changes to: health behaviors; clinical care; social and environmental factors; and the physical environment. Our Guest speaker 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. NNLM MAR Health Professions Coordinator, Erin Seger will also provide examples of past funded NNLM projects that align with strategies Toni highlights. The audience will learn a practical way to use countyhealthrankings.org as it relates to applying for NNLM funding or other funding opportunities.

CECH Approved: 1
Advanced CECH Approved: 1

Objectives:

By the end of the session, participants will:

  1. Describe how to use What Works for Health when writing a grant proposal
  2. Define the evidence ratings in County Health Rankings What Works for Health
  3. Describe at least three examples of past NNLM-funded projects that relate to the evidence categories in What Works for Health

From Problem to Prevention: Evidence-Based Public HealthFebruary 26, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Curious about evidence-based public health (EBPH) but not sure where to start? 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.

CECH Approved: 1
Advanced CECH Approved: 0

Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  1. Define and describe evidence-based public health
  2. Identify a public health need and formulate an answerable question
  3. Locate and search applicable literature and resources

Health Statistics on the WebMarch 5, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – 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.

CECH Approved: 1
Advanced CECH Approved: 0

Objectives:

At the conclusion of the class, participants will:

  1. Identify selected key websites for use in the location of data sets and statistics for use at the local, state and national level, including PHPartners and MedlinePlus.
  2. Discuss of the types of data sets and statistics available on the Internet.
  3. Define the 4-step process used to successfully locate relevant health statistics for a particular circumstance or issue.
  4. Describe where to locate additional health statistics training through the National Information Center on Health Services Research & Health Care Technology (NICHSR)

Sponsored by The National Network of Libraries of Medicine- Middle Atlantic Region, a designated provider of contact hours (CECH) in health education credentialing by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc., these programs are 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. Advanced level CECH is indicated on a course by course basis above.

Reach out to Erin Seger, MPH, CHES at ers166@pitt.edu with any questions about receiving CECH for these courses.

If you want to learn more about the National Network of Libraries of Medicine in your area, find your region on our website.

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Weekly Postings

Fri, 2020-01-10 14:54

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Spotlight

Raise Awareness of Substance Misuse 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 substance misuse.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

Funding and Professional Development Opportunity: The NNLM Training Office (NTO) and Southeastern Atlantic Region (SEA) have invited applications for their two-day interactive, hands-on Library Carpentry workshops in Baltimore, MD and Salt Lake City, UT this spring. Library Carpentry focuses on building software and data skills within library and information-related communities. The goal is to empower people in these roles to use software and data in their own work and to become advocates for and train others in efficient, effective and reproducible data and software practices. Submit an application today, January 10, 2020 to receive professional development funds that support travel to these exciting opportunities.

Applications Open for RDM 102: Beyond Research Data Management for Biomedical and Health Sciences Librarians – Apply today, January 10, 2020 to participate in a rigorous, 9-week, online training course with the NNLM Training Office (NTO). This course goes beyond the basics of research data management, providing an introduction to the support of data science and open science with the goal of developing and implementing or enhancing data science training and services at participants’ institutions. Participants who complete all components are eligible to receive 36 hours of Continuing Education credit from the Medical Library Association.

National Health Observances: Looking for tools and materials to promote health, fitness and nutrition in the new year? 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.

HIV Undetectable = Untransmittable (U=U) – Continue the Conversation, HIV/AIDS Community Information from NACC

Health Education And Literacy – The HEAL Project – NER Update

Puerto Rico Hit by 5.8 and 6.4 Magnitude Earthquakes – SEA Currents

NLM/NIH News

Celebrating 20 Years of ClinicalTrials.gov and Looking to the Future – As ClinicalTrials.gov celebrates its 20th anniversary on February 29, 2020, NLM is asking for your input on how it can best continue to serve your needs for many more years to come. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Seeing the Cytoskeleton in a Whole New Light – The American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) recently held its Green Fluorescent Protein Image and Video Contest. Over the next few months, the NIH Director’s blog will feature some of the most eye-catching entries—starting with this video that will remind those who grew up in the 1980s of those plasma balls that, when touched, light up with a simulated bolt of colorful lightning.  – NIH Director’s Blog

Revealing Data: Charting Pain in 1879 – Rollin Robinson Gregg was a well-known homeopathic physician in the United States who believed, “Wherever there is suffering to be relieved, there MUST be a remedy for it.” Gregg felt that he and his fellow homeopaths themselves were suffering from symptoms of confusion and memory impairment from the exhaustive reference volumes they relied upon to for patient care. Gregg decided that charts were the remedy for what would now be recognized as “information overload.” – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

Happy New Year! – NLM in Focus shares a few stories about some of the National Library of Medicine’s people, services, and products that are making a difference in scientific discovery and public health and educating the public. – NLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. 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.

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January 2020

PubMed and Beyond: Clinical Resources from the National Library of Medicine – January 16, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), this presentation will introduce free bedside information resources for the busy clinician. Resources presented will include Clinical Queries in PubMed/MEDLINE and free drug, patient education, and point-of-care resources.

2020 MeSH Changes and PubMed Searching – January 17, 9:30-11:00 AM ET – Every year, the Medical Subject Headings are updated. How does this affect your PubMed searches? What happens when a term gets changed, or added, or removed; or moved to a different part of the MeSH hierarchy? How do you accommodate vocabulary changes over time in your comprehensive searches? How do you check your saved searches and alerts? Join NLM staff for this webinar to learn more.

Stronger Together: Healthcare Coalitions in Rural and Frontier Areas – January 21, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Natural and man-made emergencies can have complex and devastating effects for any jurisdiction. However, rural and frontier communities face unique challenges to preparing for and responding to potential threats. Healthcare coalitions (HCCs) are multidisciplinary groups that include representatives from public health, emergency management, emergency medical services, hospitals and other community partners. Through the HCC, these organizations are able to enhance jurisdictional preparedness and response capabilities by coordinating planning efforts; creating and sharing resources and best practices; hosting trainings and conducting exercises; and providing technical assistance to enhance stakeholder preparedness programs. Sponsored by the New England Region (NER), in this presentation the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) and HCC representatives will provide an overview of the strengths and challenges experienced by rural and frontier HCCs and discuss how these groups work to make their communities more resilient.

That’s Not Funny! Or is it? – January 22, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – Join the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR) for the next installment in the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion webinar series. To be truly socially just do you have to eradicate humor? Let a trained professional explain how humor works and how it offends other people. Cultural appropriation, stereotypes, and harmful attempts at humor are not required to have a successful event. How can we plan better, intervene when something isn’t right, and take responsibility for harm in our communities? If we think before we joke – we can still joke.

Are You Ready? Essential Disaster Health Information Resources for Keeping Your Loved Ones Safe – January 27, 11:30-12:30 PM ET – Sponsored by the South Central Region (SCR), this class covers National Library of Medicine (NLM) disaster health information and other emergency preparedness resources for community educators, families, friends and caregivers. This presentation will review these resources and give updates on apps such as the Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (WISER). It will also feature government databases like PubMed and Disaster Lit for finding publications. Furthermore, opportunities for programming and a partnerships with non-traditional entities such as libraries will be discussed.

Exceptional Lives – January 29, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Join the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) and guest Julie McKinney, Health Literacy Specialist and Director of Product Content at Exceptional Lives, Inc., for this webinar. Exceptional Lives is a not-for-profit organization which provides easy-to-read information for parents and caregivers of children and adults with developmental disabilities. Their free online tools help families find the resources they need and walk them through the complicated processes of getting services and benefits for their child. The tools are developed using health literacy principles, and include comprehensive step-by-steps Guides as well as a searchable Resource Directory of local providers and support services. This webinar will discuss the need for this type of resource and include NLM and other government resources that are relevant to the topic.

NNLM Resource Picks: Bookshelf – January 29, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Join the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) for the next installment in this collaborative, bimonthly, webcast series featuring National Library of Medicine resources. Bookshelf provides free access to the full text of books and documents in the biomedical and life sciences as well as health care, medical humanities and social sciences. Through integration with other NCBI databases, such as PubMed, Gene, Genetic Testing Registry, and PubChem, Bookshelf also provides reference information for biological, chemical and other biomedical data and facilitates its discovery. This webinar will provide an overview of Bookshelf, including why it is a trusted resource of reference and health information, how it is related but different from PubMed Central and PubMed, and how to best find and navigate the content it archives.

Data Presentations: The Good, Bad and Unethical – January 30, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Join the New England Region (NER) and Massachusetts Health Science Library Network (MAHSLIN) for a presentation on the Edward Tufte One Day course on Presenting Data and Information workshop. Edward Tufte’s course has a focus on fundamental design strategies for information displays such as tables, diagrams, charts and data visualizations. This class will focus on Mr. Tufte’s evaluation of data visualizations, ethics of data visualization design, and the pitfalls of PowerPoint. This presentation will provide a fun and informative overview of the class, tips on how to spot deceptive data visualizations and evaluate data presentations.

Struggles and Strategies for Survival Beyond the Walls of Jail – January 30, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Join the New England Region (NER) for this webinar to hear a personal story of substance use disorder and incarceration from Louie Diaz, a substance use disorder counselor and re-entry specialist with the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office. Louie will discuss the work he is doing in Lowell and Lawrence, Massachusetts to address the addiction crisis, and what it was like to be followed by a film crew for 5 years during the making of a documentary. He will also share why the film is important as we begin to treat substance use disorder as a public health issue instead of a law enforcement issue.

February 2020

Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles – February 3-March 17, 2020 – Join NNLM 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. This class will start with an overview of data science. Participants will learn about big data from a systems perspective, dig into how big data impacts patients and researchers, think about the role of librarians in supporting big data initiatives. The class will finish with an opportunity for you to develop an action plan based on course content.

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.

*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:

Applying the ACRL Information Literacy Framework to Your Teaching – January 15, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – If you teach or plan to teach, ACRL Information Literacy Framework threshold concepts will help you promote deep learning in your students. Threshold concepts are the ideas in a discipline that are passageways to enlarged understanding or ways of thinking and practicing within the discipline. In this webinar, you’ll learn how to integrate threshold concepts into your courses, guest lectures, one-shot sessions, and any other form of teaching you do. As part of the webinar you’ll develop learning outcomes for a class assignment, and you’ll begin to integrate threshold concepts into your instruction using active learning strategies and classroom assessment techniques. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

Building Effective and Innovative Partnerships – January 16, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Join LibraryWorks and Michele Stricker, Deputy State Librarian of Lifelong Learning at the New Jersey State Library, for a discussion on how to seek opportunities for your library to strengthen existing relationships and reach out to new groups at the state and local level. This webinar will discuss strategic partnerships, implementing innovative outreach strategies, and determining which partnerships will be the most effective and meaningful for your library to pursue. Sponsored by LibraryWorks; $49 per person.

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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Raise Awareness of Substance Misuse with the NNLM Reading Club

Thu, 2020-01-09 12:10

January often brings a time of reflection and fresh starts to a new year. Some may be struggling with issues of substance misuse and need resources to learn more about it – whether it has touched them directly or they just want to understand the topic better, especially from a first-person point of view. Substance misuse doesn’t take a holiday – any week is a good week to discuss substance misuse, addiction disorders, and treatment choices for both young and old.

To help get the conversation started, visit the NNLM Reading Club Book Selections and Health Resources Guide for Substance Misuse. Choose one of three featured books:

  • Hey Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
  • Blackout by Sarah Hopola
  • Dreamland (YA version) by Sam Quinones

For each of the featured book selections, you can download a discussion guide, promotional materials and corresponding Substance Misuse resources. Short on time? No worries! You can apply to receive a free NNLM Reading Club book kit that includes everything you need to host a book club, delivered to your institution.

three books for substance misuse awareness

Hey Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka l Blackout by Sarah Hopola l Dreamland (YA version) by Sam Quinones

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Weekly Postings

Fri, 2020-01-03 10:44

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Spotlight

Happy, Healthy New Year with My MedlinePlus: The latest edition of the My MedlinePlus newsletter highlights health and nutrition habits, including scheduling a checkup, starting a regular exercise routine, making mental health a priority, and more. Subscribe to receive My MedlinePlus via email.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

Funding and Professional Development Opportunity: The NNLM Training Office (NTO) and Southeastern Atlantic Region (SEA) have invited applications for their two-day interactive, hands-on Library Carpentry workshops in Baltimore, MD and Salt Lake City, UT this spring. Library Carpentry focuses on building software and data skills within library and information-related communities. The goal is to empower people in these roles to use software and data in their own work and to become advocates for and train others in efficient, effective and reproducible data and software practices. Submit an application by January 10, 2020 to receive professional development funds that support travel to these exciting opportunities.

Applications Open for RDM 102: Beyond Research Data Management for Biomedical and Health Sciences Librarians – Apply by January 10, 2020 to participate in a rigorous, 9-week, online training course with the NNLM Training Office (NTO). This course goes beyond the basics of research data management, providing an introduction to the support of data science and open science with the goal of developing and implementing or enhancing data science training and services at participants’ institutions. Participants who complete all components are eligible to receive 36 hours of Continuing Education credit from the Medical Library Association.

National Health Observances: Looking for tools and materials to promote health, fitness and nutrition in the new year? 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.

A New Year’s Resolution – NER Update

NLM/NIH News

“What 2019 NLM Accomplishment Makes You Most Proud?” – Dr. Patricia Flatley Brennan talks about her recent brown bag lunch with NLM staff where they discussed accomplishments from 2019. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Celebrating 2019 Biomedical Breakthroughs – Each December, the reporters and editors at the journal Science select their breakthrough of the year, and the choice for 2019 is nothing less than spectacular: An international network of radio astronomers published the first image of a black hole. Though the competition was certainly stiff in 2019, the biomedical sciences were well represented among Science’s “runner-up” breakthroughs. – NIH Director’s Blog

Chinese Health and Hygiene Puzzle Blocks, 1960s – In 2005 the National Library of Medicine acquired more than fifteen hundred Chinese public health posters plus an assortment of other materials. Among these riches is a charming set of eight block puzzles. The pictures on the sides of each block, when put together, make six scenes aimed at fostering revolutionary consciousness and teaching hygienic behavior through the cycle of a day. – 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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January 2020

2020 MeSH Highlights – January 10, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Each year the Medical Subject Headings are updated with changes, additions and deletions. This class will highlight new and important changes to MeSH and discuss how they will impact you as a PubMed searcher. Experts from the National Library of Medicine will also be available to answer your questions about the changes. This presentation will feature updates to the Infections tree, additional clinical trial publication types, updates to Cell Death terms, and additional terminology for myotoxicity and ototoxicity.

PubMed and Beyond: Clinical Resources from the National Library of Medicine – January 16, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), this presentation will introduce free bedside information resources for the busy clinician. Resources presented will include Clinical Queries in PubMed/MEDLINE and free drug, patient education, and point-of-care resources.

2020 MeSH Changes and PubMed Searching – January 17, 9:30-11:00 AM ET – Every year, the Medical Subject Headings are updated. How does this affect your PubMed searches? What happens when a term gets changed, or added, or removed; or moved to a different part of the MeSH hierarchy? How do you accommodate vocabulary changes over time in your comprehensive searches? How do you check your saved searches and alerts? Join NLM staff for this webinar to learn more.

Bioinformatics and Biology Essentials For Librarians: Databases, Tools, and Clinical Applications – January 17-May 8, 2020 – Learn about the data science of biology: Bioinformatics! This collaborative NNLM class is an introductory, asynchronous online bioinformatics course for librarians using the Moodle learning management system. It is a 16-week, self-paced course worth 30 hours of CE credit from the Medical Library Association. This course was designed both for librarians who offer, or intend to offer, bioinformatics services; and also for librarians who use gene or protein information on a periodic or irregular basis to serve their patrons.

Stronger Together: Healthcare Coalitions in Rural and Frontier Areas – January 21, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Natural and man-made emergencies can have complex and devastating effects for any jurisdiction. However, rural and frontier communities face unique challenges to preparing for and responding to potential threats. Healthcare coalitions (HCCs) are multidisciplinary groups that include representatives from public health, emergency management, emergency medical services, hospitals and other community partners. Through the HCC, these organizations are able to enhance jurisdictional preparedness and response capabilities by coordinating planning efforts; creating and sharing resources and best practices; hosting trainings and conducting exercises; and providing technical assistance to enhance stakeholder preparedness programs. Sponsored by the New England Region (NER), in this presentation the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) and HCC representatives will provide an overview of the strengths and challenges experienced by rural and frontier HCCs and discuss how these groups work to make their communities more resilient.

Are You Ready? Essential Disaster Health Information Resources for Keeping Your Loved Ones Safe – January 27, 11:30-12:30 PM ET – Sponsored by the South Central Region (SCR), this class covers National Library of Medicine (NLM) disaster health information and other emergency preparedness resources for community educators, families, friends and caregivers. This presentation will review these resources and give updates on apps such as the Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (WISER). It will also feature government databases like PubMed and Disaster Lit for finding publications. Furthermore, opportunities for programming and a partnerships with non-traditional entities such as libraries will be discussed.

Exceptional Lives – January 29, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Join the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) and guest Julie McKinney, Health Literacy Specialist and Director of Product Content at Exceptional Lives, Inc., for this webinar. Exceptional Lives is a not-for-profit organization which provides easy-to-read information for parents and caregivers of children and adults with developmental disabilities. Their free online tools help families find the resources they need and walk them through the complicated processes of getting services and benefits for their child. The tools are developed using health literacy principles, and include comprehensive step-by-steps Guides as well as a searchable Resource Directory of local providers and support services. This webinar will discuss the need for this type of resource and include NLM and other government resources that are relevant to the topic.

NNLM Resource Picks: Bookshelf – January 29, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Join the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) for the next installment in this collaborative, bimonthly, webcast series featuring National Library of Medicine resources. Bookshelf provides free access to the full text of books and documents in the biomedical and life sciences as well as health care, medical humanities and social sciences. Through integration with other NCBI databases, such as PubMed, Gene, Genetic Testing Registry, and PubChem, Bookshelf also provides reference information for biological, chemical and other biomedical data and facilitates its discovery. This webinar will provide an overview of Bookshelf, including why it is a trusted resource of reference and health information, how it is related but different from PubMed Central and PubMed, and how to best find and navigate the content it archives.

*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

Applying the ACRL Information Literacy Framework to Your Teaching – January 15, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – If you teach or plan to teach, ACRL Information Literacy Framework threshold concepts will help you promote deep learning in your students. Threshold concepts are the ideas in a discipline that are passageways to enlarged understanding or ways of thinking and practicing within the discipline. In this webinar, you’ll learn how to integrate threshold concepts into your courses, guest lectures, one-shot sessions, and any other form of teaching you do. As part of the webinar you’ll develop learning outcomes for a class assignment, and you’ll begin to integrate threshold concepts into your instruction using active learning strategies and classroom assessment techniques. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

Building Effective and Innovative Partnerships – January 16, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Join LibraryWorks and Michele Stricker, Deputy State Librarian of Lifelong Learning at the New Jersey State Library, for a discussion on how to seek opportunities for your library to strengthen existing relationships and reach out to new groups at the state and local level. This webinar will discuss strategic partnerships, implementing innovative outreach strategies, and determining which partnerships will be the most effective and meaningful for your library to pursue. Sponsored by LibraryWorks; $49 per person.

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.

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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Weekly Postings

Fri, 2019-12-20 09:03

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

Spotlight

Funding and Professional Development Opportunity: The NNLM Training Office (NTO) and Southeastern Atlantic Region (SEA) have invited applications for their two-day interactive, hands-on Library Carpentry workshops in Baltimore, MD and Salt Lake City, UT this spring. Library Carpentry focuses on building software and data skills within library and information-related communities. The goal is to empower people in these roles to use software and data in their own work and to become advocates for and train others in efficient, effective and reproducible data and software practices. Submit an application by January 10, 2020 to receive professional development funds that support travel to these exciting opportunities.

Applications Open for RDM 102: Beyond Research Data Management for Biomedical and Health Sciences Librarians – Apply by January 10, 2020 to participate in a rigorous, 9-week, online training course with the NNLM Training Office (NTO). This course goes beyond the basics of research data management, providing an introduction to the support of data science and open science with the goal of developing and implementing or enhancing data science training and services at participants’ institutions. Participants who complete all components are eligible to receive 36 hours of Continuing Education credit from the Medical Library Association.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

The MAR Offices will be closed December 23-January 1 during the University of Pittsburgh winter break. We look forward to working with you in 2020!

National Health Observances: Looking for tools and materials to promote AIDS Awareness? 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.

Clinical eCompanion: We’d like your feedback on the point of care tool, Clinical eCompanion! This feedback will help us to determine the future of this website. To let us know what you think, visit the Clinical eCompanion site and select the highlighted link on the homepage.

In the Region – We’re wrapping up the end of the year! 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

Promoting Consumer Health Materials at Remote Area Medical Clinics – SEA Currents

NLM Seeks Host Sites for 2020-2021 Second-Year Associate Fellows – Latitudes, the Newsletter from PSR

NLM/NIH News

Meet Our Newest Investigator: Xiaofang Jiang, PhD, Seeks a Greater Understanding of the Human Microbiome To Improve Health – Dr. Jiang’s research focuses on the development of computational methods to advance our understanding of the human microbiome, which plays a very important role in our health. Her lab is using bioinformatic methods to predict what the trillions of microbes living in and on the human body do, how they spread between people, and which kinds of genes the microbiome community shares. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

How Mucus Tames Microbes – Most of us think of mucus as little more than slimy and somewhat yucky stuff that’s easily ignored until you come down with a cold like the one I just had. But, when it comes to our health, there’s much more to mucus than you might think. – NIH Director’s Blog

Field Trip: National Museum of African American History & Culture – The experience of being guided through the museum exhibits and hearing some of the inside stories behind the acquisition of the historical artifacts demonstrated the importance of the preservation of museum objects that connect us to the past. – 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 highlighted resources like LactMed moving to the NCBI Bookshelf in preparation for the retirement of TOXNET.

Request for Information: The National Institute on Mental Health (NIMH) has embarked on a strategic planning process to help guide future mental health research efforts and priorities at the Institute. NIMH has asked for those interested to please consider sharing your feedback on the NIMH Strategic Plan. Public input will be accepted via the RFI feedback tool through January 2, 2020.

NIH News in Health: Check out the December 2019 issue, featuring, “To Fast or Not to Fast: Does When You Eat Matter?” and, “Staying in the Hospital?: Safety Tips for Your Visit.” Other topics include safety tips for physical activity, tasty-sounding vegetable names, and finding treatment for substance use disorder.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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

January 2020

Food for Thought: Exploring Nutrition Information Resources – January 6-February 3, 2020 – Join the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) for a 4 week, self-paced, online course on nutrition information resources available through reliable resources such as the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the National Library of Medicine (NLM). This course includes 2, 1-hour presentations, exercises, and access to additional learning content, such as videos, quizzes and a useful online resource guide.

Will Duct Tape Cure My Warts? Examining Complementary and Alternative Medicine – January 6-February 14, 2020 – Sponsored by the MidContinental Region (MCR), this online course will introduce basic concepts in Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), issues about research into CAM therapies, evaluating CAM information, recommended websites, and researching evidence about CAM therapies.

2020 MeSH Highlights – January 10, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Each year the Medical Subject Headings are updated with changes, additions and deletions. This class will highlight new and important changes to MeSH and discuss how they will impact you as a PubMed searcher. Experts from the National Library of Medicine will also be available to answer your questions about the changes. This presentation will feature updates to the Infections tree, additional clinical trial publication types, updates to Cell Death terms, and additional terminology for myotoxicity and ototoxicity.

PubMed and Beyond: Clinical Resources from the National Library of Medicine – January 16, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), this presentation will introduce free bedside information resources for the busy clinician. Resources presented will include Clinical Queries in PubMed/MEDLINE and free drug, patient education, and point-of-care resources.

2020 MeSH Changes and PubMed Searching – January 17, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Every year, the Medical Subject Headings are updated. How does this affect your PubMed searches? What happens when a term gets changed, or added, or removed; or moved to a different part of the MeSH hierarchy? How do you accommodate vocabulary changes over time in your comprehensive searches? How do you check your saved searches and alerts? Join NLM staff for this webinar to learn more.

Bioinformatics and Biology Essentials For Librarians: Databases, Tools, and Clinical Applications – January 17-May 8, 2020 – Learn about the data science of biology: Bioinformatics! This collaborative NNLM class is an introductory, asynchronous online bioinformatics course for librarians using the Moodle learning management system. It is a 16-week, self-paced course worth 30 hours of CE credit from the Medical Library Association. This course was designed both for librarians who offer, or intend to offer, bioinformatics services; and also for librarians who use gene or protein information on a periodic or irregular basis to serve their patrons.

Are You Ready? Essential Disaster Health Information Resources for Keeping Your Loved Ones Safe – January 27, 11:30-12:30 PM ET – Sponsored by the South Central Region (SCR), this class covers National Library of Medicine (NLM) disaster health information and other emergency preparedness resources for community educators, families, friends and caregivers. This presentation will review these resources and give updates on apps such as the Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (WISER). It will also feature government databases like PubMed and Disaster Lit for finding publications. Furthermore, opportunities for programming and a partnerships with non-traditional entities such as libraries will be discussed.

Exceptional Lives – January 29, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Join the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) and guest Julie McKinney, Health Literacy Specialist and Director of Product Content at Exceptional Lives, Inc., for this webinar. Exceptional Lives is a not-for-profit organization which provides easy-to-read information for parents and caregivers of children and adults with developmental disabilities. Their free online tools help families find the resources they need and walk them through the complicated processes of getting services and benefits for their child. The tools are developed using health literacy principles, and include comprehensive step-by-steps Guides as well as a searchable Resource Directory of local providers and support services. This webinar will discuss the need for this type of resource and include NLM and other government resources that are relevant to the topic.

New classes on-demand! Looking for more self-paced learning opportunities? Check out the NIH Library’s new bibliometrics training series. 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.

*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:

Resolutions for 2020 – Have you already started planning your New Year’s resolutions? Many of our federal partners have resources to help you bring in 2020 the active and healthy way. If your resolution involves healthy eating and improving your nutrition, MedlinePlus has resources on fruits and vegetables, healthy recipes and health check tools. The National Institutes of Health also has Wellness Toolkits with health tips. If your resolution involves exercise and physical fitness, start with visiting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and reading the physical activity guidelines to find out how much physical activity you need. The HHS Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion’s Move Your Way campaign also has resources, tools, videos, and more to help your active and healthy resolutions. Learn more.

Applying the ACRL Information Literacy Framework to Your Teaching – January 15, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – If you teach or plan to teach, ACRL Information Literacy Framework threshold concepts will help you promote deep learning in your students. Threshold concepts are the ideas in a discipline that are passageways to enlarged understanding or ways of thinking and practicing within the discipline. In this webinar, you’ll learn how to integrate threshold concepts into your courses, guest lectures, one-shot sessions, and any other form of teaching you do. As part of the webinar you’ll develop learning outcomes for a class assignment, and you’ll begin to integrate threshold concepts into your instruction using active learning strategies and classroom assessment techniques. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

Building Effective and Innovative Partnerships – Janary 16, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Join LibraryWorks and Michele Stricker, Deputy State Librarian of Lifelong Learning at the New Jersey State Library, for a discussion on how to seek opportunities for your library to strengthen existing relationships and reach out to new groups at the state and local level. This webinar will discuss strategic partnerships, implementing innovative outreach strategies, and determining which partnerships will be the most effective and meaningful for your library to pursue. Sponsored by LibraryWorks; $49 per person.

General Information on New EFTS by MLA – The Medical Library Association (MLA) has developed the specifications of a new Electronic Funds Transfer System (EFTS) platform. If your institution relies on the current version of EFTS, operated by the University of Connecticut Health Center (UCHC), learn more about how this change may impact service through 2020. MLA will proceed with actual development and implementation of a new EFTS if a minimum of 750 users sign up for the new platform by January 10, 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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In the Region

Mon, 2019-12-16 07:00

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.

Kate Flewelling, MidYear Review: Although the calendar says we are at the end of 2019, NNLM MAR is in the middle of Year 4 of our 5-year Cooperative Agreement with the National Library of Medicine. On December 9, NNLM MAR had our midyear review with NLM to update them on our progress towards yearly goals. It’s also a great time to brag about all the great work happening in our region by staff and our members. One of the goals we are trying to reach by April 30, 2020 is 60% “active” membership. We are almost there – 57% as of this writing, but we can use your help. Look for your organization’s record in the membership directory – is everything up to date? Are the listed contacts current? Shoot us an email at nnlmmar@pitt.edu to let us know if everything is current, or to update us on any needed changes. Thank you for your help in accurately reporting NNLM MAR membership!

Erin Seger, Offering Rural Health Resources: On December 6, I spoke at the Adirondack Rural Health Network quarterly meeting about the programs and funding offered by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region. AHRN, a program of the Adirondack Rural Health Institute, is a coalition focused on assessment, education and training that furthers the New York State Department of Health Prevention Agenda. The organizations involved all do great work to improve the health of their communities. In my opinion, this work can be even more challenging in a the rural settings that make up the Adirondack area. Did you know that NNLM has a class about rural health resources? Check out the NNLM course Catalog listing for From the Mountains to the Sea: Rural Health Issues and Resources. You can watch the recording of this class that took place just a few weeks ago. If you want to attend the next live session, watch our training calendar for it to be scheduled, or sign up for Weekly Postings, where you’ll get e-mail updates about upcoming online classes.

Tess Wilson, LIS Outreach: Michael and I exhibited at the New York Library Association Conference from November 13-15 in Saratoga Springs, NY. While exhibiting, we made connections with LIS programs in our region and talked to several public libraries about funding. We continued to receive very positive feedback about the NNLM Reading Clubs! On Saturday, we participated in a speed-dating session during which we provided NNLM information relevant to teen health issues. On December 3rd, I was a guest lecturer for a Public Libraries course at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where I discussed issues of advocacy in the public library and NNLM funding opportunities that could support this work.

Michelle Burda, Connecting with MedLibs: On December 5th, I participated in the monthly chat for solo librarians who work in medical or health sciences libraries. Many solos librarians are not MLA members and cannot participate in MLA’s Solo Librarians Caucus. These chats are led by Louise McLaughlin, M.S.L.S., M.P.S., Information Specialist, Woman’s Health Sciences Library, Baton Rouge, LA. For the November-December chat I was asked to highlight resources that are available on the NNLM MAR website, programs, services, and classes that we offer. I also included information about the new PubMed, NNLM delivery, our coordinators’ involvement in the All of Us Research Program, and introduced our new staff members. For those who are MLA members and are interested in the MLA Solo Librarians Caucus, they provide solo librarians serving health care professionals with a forum that offers an opportunity for support, help, and professional development. The caucus’s primary goal is to give a voice to solo librarians, who continuously strive to strengthen their positions within MLA and their individual institutions. A secondary goal is to serve as an outreach and recruitment tool for librarians seeking an organizational home.

Kelsey Cowles, Wrapping Up the Fall #CiteNLM Campaign: The Fall 2019 #CiteNLM Wikipedia editing campaign (October 1 – November 30) was capped off by an all-day virtual edit-a-thon on November 20. This fall’s campaign was highly successful, with over 100 editors participating. These editors were able to edit 99 articles on mental health topics, adding almost 50,000 words and around 550 new references to trusted sources of medical information! This was the first #CiteNLM campaign offering organizations the opportunity to host affiliated in-person edit-a-thons. Several libraries across the country, including the University of Pennsylvania, joined our campaign in this way – thank you! If you weren’t able to participate this time around, please visit nnlm.gov/wiki to learn more, and keep an eye out for news about the Spring 2020 campaign.

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Weekly Postings

Fri, 2019-12-13 10:39

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Spotlight

Funding and Professional Development Opportunity: The NNLM Training Office (NTO) and Southeastern Atlantic Region (SEA) have invited applications for their two-day interactive, hands-on Library Carpentry workshops in Baltimore, MD and Salt Lake City, UT this spring. Library Carpentry focuses on building software and data skills within library and information-related communities. The goal is to empower people in these roles to use software and data in their own work and to become advocates for and train others in efficient, effective and reproducible data and software practices. Submit an application by January 10, 2020 to receive professional development funds that support travel to these exciting opportunities.

Applications Open for RDM 102: Beyond Research Data Management for Biomedical and Health Sciences Librarians – Apply by January 10, 2020 to participate in a rigorous, 9-week, online training course with the NNLM Training Office (NTO). This course goes beyond the basics of research data management, providing an introduction to the support of data science and open science with the goal of developing and implementing or enhancing data science training and services at participants’ institutions. Participants who complete all components are eligible to receive 36 hours of Continuing Education credit from the Medical Library Association.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

National Health Observances: Looking for tools and materials to promote AIDS Awareness? 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.

Clinical eCompanion: We’d like your feedback on the point of care tool, Clinical eCompanion! This feedback will help us to determine the future of this website. To let us know what you think, visit the Clinical eCompanion site and select the highlighted link on the homepage.

Winter Holiday Drinking – The Dragonfly, News from the Northwest and Beyond, by PNR

A Perfect Partnership between HOSA Students, Teachers and Librarians – MCR News

Rural America: Impact of Disability on Poverty and Health – NER Update

NLM/NIH News

Everyone’s Voice Matters: Making Science Open and Accessible to the Public – Last month, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) released its Draft NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing and Supplemental Draft Guidance, making it available for public comment. Dr. Brennan is calling on the Musings audience to review the draft and offer perspectives on this policy now!  – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Why When You Eat Might Be as Important as What You Eat – About 1 in 3 American adults have metabolic syndrome, a group of early warning signs for increased risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. To help avoid such health problems, these folks are often advised to pay close attention to the amount and type of foods they eat. And now it seems there may be something else to watch: how food intake is spaced over a 24-hour period. – NIH Director’s Blog

Contraceptive Knowledge in the Mid-19th-Century United States – What do pennyroyal, fish skins, horse riding, and ergot of rye have in common? They are all contraceptive methods that have been used for centuries. – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

Coming Soon: A New NIH Manuscript Submission (NIHMS) System!NCBI Insights, Providing Insights into NCBI Resources and the Science Behind Them

Selection of Dr. Joshua Denny as Chief Executive Officer of the All of Us Research ProgramA Statement from the NIH Director

Subscribe to the NLM Technical Bulletin for the latest updates on NLM tools you may be using! The current issue recently highlighted resources like LactMed moving to the NCBI Bookshelf in preparation for the retirement of TOXNET.

Informational Webinar on the Draft NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing and Supplemental Draft Guidance – December 16, 12:30-2:00 PM ET – Hosted by NIH, the purpose of this webinar is to provide information on the draft policy and answer any clarifying questions about the public comment process. Public comments will not be accepted via the webinar but must instead be sent through a comment form. Comments on the draft Policy and draft supplemental guidance can be submitted electronically through Friday, January 10, 2020. Participants may also send questions in advance of the webinar to SciencePolicy@od.nih.gov.

NIH News in Health: Check out the December 2019 issue, featuring, “To Fast or Not to Fast: Does When You Eat Matter?” and, “Staying in the Hospital?: Safety Tips for Your Visit.” Other topics include safety tips for physical activity, tasty-sounding vegetable names, and finding treatment for substance use disorder.

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December 2019

NCBI Tools for Evaluating Genetic Information – December 18, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Join the New England Region (NER) and guest presenter Dr. Bonnie Maidak, PhD, MLS from the National Center for Biotechnology Information, National Library of Medicine, for an overview of three selected NCBI resources. This session will give a brief overview and search demonstrations of three NCBI databases useful for evaluating genetic information. This includes BLAST (the basic local alignment search tool), Gene, a gene-based view of genome data and annotation that supplies key connections between genetic maps, sequence, expression data, protein structure, function and homology data, and Nucleotide, a compendium of DNA/RNA sequences submitted and generated by researchers from around the world.

Online Privacy 101 – December 18, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Join the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) for an introduction to online privacy in the digital age. We live in an era of data breaches and constant surveillance. Learn how to keep your data safe, consider the risks versus rewards of common internet browsing behavior, and navigate best practices for public computer labs, mobile phones, and personal browsing.

Libraries, Utilities, and Medical Vulnerability – December 18, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – How are libraries, librarians, and library patrons impacted by disruptions to grid energy? Utility shutoffs can have deadly impacts on individuals who rely on grid energy to power their life-sustaining medical devices. Understanding the health impacts of utility shutoffs and the programs in place to protect medically vulnerable individuals is critical to anyone who lives or works in the path of natural disasters, and anyone who provides health information to medically vulnerable populations inside and outside of disaster zones. Join the Pacific Southwest Region (PSR) for a webinar to explore these issues.

January 2020

Food for Thought: Exploring Nutrition Information Resources – January 6-February 3, 2020 – Join the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) for a 4 week, self-paced, online course on nutrition information resources available through reliable resources such as the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the National Library of Medicine (NLM). This course includes 2, 1-hour presentations, exercises, and access to additional learning content, such as videos, quizzes and a useful online resource guide.

Will Duct Tape Cure My Warts? Examining Complementary and Alternative Medicine – January 6-February 14, 2020 – Sponsored by the MidContinental Region (MCR), this online course will introduce basic concepts in Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), issues about research into CAM therapies, evaluating CAM information, recommended websites, and researching evidence about CAM therapies.

2020 MeSH Highlights – January 10, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Each year the Medical Subject Headings are updated with changes, additions and deletions. This class will highlight new and important changes to MeSH and discuss how they will impact you as a PubMed searcher. Experts from the National Library of Medicine will also be available to answer your questions about the changes. This presentation will feature updates to the Infections tree, additional clinical trial publication types, updates to Cell Death terms, and additional terminology for myotoxicity and ototoxicity.

2020 MeSH Changes and PubMed Searching – January 17, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Every year, the Medical Subject Headings are updated. How does this affect your PubMed searches? What happens when a term gets changed, or added, or removed; or moved to a different part of the MeSH hierarchy? How do you accommodate vocabulary changes over time in your comprehensive searches? How do you check your saved searches and alerts? Join NLM staff for this webinar to learn more.

Are You Ready? Essential Disaster Health Information Resources for Keeping Your Loved Ones Safe – January 27, 11:30-12:30 PM ET – Sponsored by the South Central Region (SCR), this class covers National Library of Medicine (NLM) disaster health information and other emergency preparedness resources for community educators, families, friends and caregivers. This presentation will review these resources and give updates on apps such as the Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (WISER). It will also feature government databases like PubMed and Disaster Lit for finding publications. Furthermore, opportunities for programming and a partnerships with non-traditional entities such as libraries will be discussed.

Exceptional Lives – January 29, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Join the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) and guest Julie McKinney, Health Literacy Specialist and Director of Product Content at Exceptional Lives, Inc., for a webinar about health literacy tools. Exceptional Lives is a not-for-profit organization which provides easy-to-read information for parents and caregivers of children and adults with developmental disabilities. Their free online tools help families find the resources they need and walk them through the complicated processes of getting services and benefits for their child. The tools are developed using health literacy principles, and include comprehensive step-by-steps Guides as well as a searchable Resource Directory of local providers and support services. This webinar will discuss the need for this type of resource and include NLM and other government resources that are relevant to the topic.

New classes on-demand! Looking for more self-paced learning opportunities? Check out the NIH Library’s new bibliometrics training series. 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.

*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

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Resolutions for 2020 – Have you already started planning your New Year’s resolutions? Many of our federal partners have resources to help you bring in 2020 the active and healthy way. If your resolution involves healthy eating and improving your nutrition, MedlinePlus has resources on fruits and vegetables, healthy recipes and health check tools. The National Institutes of Health also has Wellness Toolkits with health tips. If your resolution involves exercise and physical fitness, start with visiting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and reading the physical activity guidelines to find out how much physical activity you need. The HHS Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion’s Move Your Way campaign also has resources, tools, videos, and more to help your active and healthy resolutions. Learn more.

Applying the ACRL Information Literacy Framework to Your Teaching – January 15, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – If you teach or plan to teach, ACRL Information Literacy Framework threshold concepts will help you promote deep learning in your students. Threshold concepts are the ideas in a discipline that are passageways to enlarged understanding or ways of thinking and practicing within the discipline. In this webinar, you’ll learn how to integrate threshold concepts into your courses, guest lectures, one-shot sessions, and any other form of teaching you do. As part of the webinar you’ll develop learning outcomes for a class assignment, and you’ll begin to integrate threshold concepts into your instruction using active learning strategies and classroom assessment techniques. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

Building Effective and Innovative Partnerships – Janary 16, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Join LibraryWorks and Michele Stricker, Deputy State Librarian of Lifelong Learning at the New Jersey State Library, for a discussion on how to seek opportunities for your library to strengthen existing relationships and reach out to new groups at the state and local level. This webinar will discuss strategic partnerships, implementing innovative outreach strategies, and determining which partnerships will be the most effective and meaningful for your library to pursue. Sponsored by LibraryWorks; $49 per person.

General Information on New EFTS by MLA – The Medical Library Association (MLA) has developed the specifications of a new Electronic Funds Transfer System (EFTS) platform. If your institution relies on the current version of EFTS, operated by the University of Connecticut Health Center (UCHC), learn more about how this change may impact service through 2020. MLA will proceed with actual development and implementation of a new EFTS if a minimum of 750 users sign up for the new platform by January 10, 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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Weekly Postings

Fri, 2019-12-06 10:34

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Spotlight

Resolutions for 2020 – Have you already started planning your New Year’s resolutions? Many of our federal partners have resources to help you bring in 2020 the active and healthy way. If your resolution involves healthy eating and improving your nutrition, MedlinePlus has resources on fruits and vegetables, healthy recipes and health check tools. The National Institutes of Health also has Wellness Toolkits with health tips. If your resolution involves exercise and physical fitness, start with visiting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and reading the physical activity guidelines to find out how much physical activity you need. The HHS Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion’s Move Your Way campaign also has resources, tools, videos, and more to help your active and healthy resolutions. Learn more.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

Funding and Professional Development Opportunity: The NNLM Training Office (NTO) and Southeastern Atlantic Region (SEA) have invited applications for their two-day interactive, hands-on Library Carpentry workshops in Baltimore, MD and Salt Lake City, UT this spring. Library Carpentry focuses on building software and data skills within library and information-related communities. The goal is to empower people in these roles to use software and data in their own work and to become advocates for and train others in efficient, effective and reproducible data and software practices. Submit an application by January 10, 2020 to receive professional development funds that support travel to these exciting opportunities.

Applications Open for RDM 102: Beyond Research Data Management for Biomedical and Health Sciences Librarians – Apply by January 10, 2020 to participate in a rigorous, 9-week, online training course with the NNLM Training Office (NTO). This course goes beyond the basics of research data management, providing an introduction to the support of data science and open science with the goal of developing and implementing or enhancing data science training and services at participants’ institutions. Participants who complete all components are eligible to receive 36 hours of Continuing Education credit from the Medical Library Association.

National Health Observances: Looking for tools and materials to promote AIDS Awareness? 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.

Clinical eCompanion: We’d like your feedback on the point of care tool, Clinical eCompanion! This feedback will help us to determine the future of this website. To let us know what you think, visit the Clinical eCompanion site and select the highlighted link on the homepage.

Eligibility Guidelines Updated – DOCLINE Talkline

Margaret McGhee Appointed Chief of NLM Public Services Division! – Latitudes, the Newsletter from PSR

NLM/NIH News

The Pursuit and Power of Alignment – As a staff scientist at NLM, Valerie Schneider found that NLM’s strategic plan has become a valuable framework for organizing NLM’s mission and providing direction and focus—especially when talking about data science. A recent project at NLM’s National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) highlights why it’s important to ensure alignment between projects and strategy. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

3D Neuroscience at the Speed of Life – A fluorescent worm makes for much more than a mesmerizing video. It showcases a significant technological leap forward in our ability to capture in real time the firing of individual neurons in a living, freely moving animal. – NIH Director’s Blog

Visualizing World AIDS Day – Annually on December 1st, World AIDS Day energizes the public to unite in the fight against AIDS and to commemorate those individuals who have lost their lives to the disease. Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day. – 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 highlighted resources like LactMed moving to the NCBI Bookshelf in preparation for the retirement of TOXNET.

Informational Webinar on the Draft NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing and Supplemental Draft Guidance – December 16, 12:30-2:00 PM ET – Hosted by NIH, the purpose of this webinar is to provide information on the draft policy and answer any clarifying questions about the public comment process. Public comments will not be accepted via the webinar but must instead be sent through a comment form. Comments on the draft Policy and draft supplemental guidance can be submitted electronically through Friday, January 10, 2020. Participants may also send questions in advance of the webinar to SciencePolicy@od.nih.gov.

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December 2019

Registration closing soon! More Than a Bandage: Health Information Resources for K-12 Professionals – December 10, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), this course is an introduction to free health information and educational resources for K-12 professionals provided by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and other trusted organizations. Participants will learn about consumer health sites with an emphasis on MedlinePlus, covering general health resources, drug information, multi-cultural and multi-language resources, career/professional resources, and youth heath issues.

Substance Use Disorder and Heredity: It’s a Family Disease – December 10, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Join the New England Region (NER) for a special webinar that explores the many facets of substance use disorders in teens, through a candid interview with a Recovery High School student, her father, and her grandmother. Participants will learn about the roles of genetic predisposition and choice in the disease of addiction, and become familiar with quality information resources from the National Library of Medicine and other partners.

Staying Healthy Abroad – December 11, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – Are you preparing for holiday travel? Has winter inspired you to get out and see the world? Maybe you have questions about what vaccines are required. Perhaps you and your travel companions have preconceived ideas regarding travel, especially when it comes to international trips. Sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR), this webinar will discuss a number of strategies by which to reduce risk to a minimum.

NCBI Tools for Evaluating Genetic Information – December 18, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Join the New England Region (NER) and guest presenter Dr. Bonnie Maidak, PhD, MLS from the National Center for Biotechnology Information, National Library of Medicine, for an overview of three selected NCBI resources. This session will give a brief overview and search demonstrations of three NCBI databases useful for evaluating genetic information. This includes BLAST (the basic local alignment search tool), Gene, a gene-based view of genome data and annotation that supplies key connections between genetic maps, sequence, expression data, protein structure, function and homology data, and Nucleotide, a compendium of DNA/RNA sequences submitted and generated by researchers from around the world.

Online Privacy 101 – December 18, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Join the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) for an introduction to online privacy in the digital age. We live in an era of data breaches and constant surveillance. Learn how to keep your data safe, consider the risks versus rewards of common internet browsing behavior, and navigate best practices for public computer labs, mobile phones, and personal browsing.

Libraries, Utilities, and Medical Vulnerability – December 18, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – How are libraries, librarians, and library patrons impacted by disruptions to grid energy? Utility shutoffs can have deadly impacts on individuals who rely on grid energy to power their life-sustaining medical devices. Understanding the health impacts of utility shutoffs and the programs in place to protect medically vulnerable individuals is critical to anyone who lives or works in the path of natural disasters, and anyone who provides health information to medically vulnerable populations inside and outside of disaster zones. Join the Pacific Southwest Region (PSR) for a webinar to explore these issues.

January 2020

Food for Thought: Exploring Nutrition Information Resources – January 6-February 3, 2020 – Join the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) for a 4 week, self-paced, online course on nutrition information resources available through reliable resources such as the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the National Library of Medicine (NLM). This course includes 2, 1-hour presentations, exercises, and access to additional learning content, such as videos, quizzes and a useful online resource guide.

Will Duct Tape Cure My Warts? Examining Complementary and Alternative Medicine – January 6-February 14, 2020 – Sponsored by the MidContinental Region (MCR), this online course will introduce basic concepts in Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), issues about research into CAM therapies, evaluating CAM information, recommended websites, and researching evidence about CAM therapies.

2020 MeSH Highlights – January 10, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Each year the Medical Subject Headings are updated with changes, additions and deletions. This class will highlight new and important changes to MeSH and discuss how they will impact you as a PubMed searcher. Experts from the National Library of Medicine will also be available to answer your questions about the changes. This presentation will feature updates to the Infections tree, additional clinical trial publication types, updates to Cell Death terms, and additional terminology for myotoxicity and ototoxicity.

2020 MeSH Changes and PubMed Searching – January 17, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Every year, the Medical Subject Headings are updated. How does this affect your PubMed searches? What happens when a term gets changed, or added, or removed; or moved to a different part of the MeSH hierarchy? How do you accommodate vocabulary changes over time in your comprehensive searches? How do you check your saved searches and alerts? Join NLM staff for this webinar to learn more.

Are You Ready? Essential Disaster Health Information Resources for Keeping Your Loved Ones Safe – January 27, 11:30-12:30 PM ET – Sponsored by the South Central Region (SCR), this class covers National Library of Medicine (NLM) disaster health information and other emergency preparedness resources for community educators, families, friends and caregivers. This presentation will review these resources and give updates on apps such as the Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (WISER). It will also feature government databases like PubMed and Disaster Lit for finding publications. Furthermore, opportunities for programming and a partnerships with non-traditional entities such as libraries will be discussed.

*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:

It’s a Wrap! Wikipedia + Libraries: Health and Medical Information Course – WebJunction, the learning place for libraries

Working on Ourselves: Mitigating Unconscious Bias in Literature Searching – December 9, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Join the ACRL ULS Professional Development Committee for this webinar to define implicit bias and identify bias in academic health sciences research; develop techniques to address implicit bias in reference interactions including how to craft research questions and search queries; and explore techniques for running workshops for librarians.

Research by the Numbers: Measuring and Increasing Impact – December 11, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – If you are new to publication metrics or want to learn about the latest developments and best practices in the area, scholars from the Taubman Health Sciences Library are your guides! This webinar will explore publication metrics that quantify the impact of individual researchers, research groups, and journals and discuss the latest citation-based indicator and visualization tools. You’ll learn the strengths and weaknesses of each metric, how to teach authors ways to maximize the impact of their work, and gain insights from a new research impact initiative at Taubman. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

General Information on New EFTS by MLA – The Medical Library Association (MLA) has developed the specifications of a new Electronic Funds Transfer System (EFTS) platform. If your institution relies on the current version of EFTS, operated by the University of Connecticut Health Center (UCHC), learn more about how this change may impact service through 2020. MLA will proceed with actual development and implementation of a new EFTS if a minimum of 750 users sign up for the new platform by January 10, 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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Public Health and Library Partnerships at APHA

Mon, 2019-12-02 10:04
Erin Seger

Erin Seger

At the beginning of November, I coordinated a session at the American Public Health Association Annual conference in Philadelphia about library and public health partnerships. I spoke about National Library of Medicine Resources for the public health workforce including Health Services and Sciences Research Resources (HSRR), Health Services Research Projects in Progress (HSRProj), Health Services Research Information Central (HSRIC), and Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce (PHPartners). Also included were resources that public health professionals can use with their communities such as MedlinePlus and ToxTown. In addition, I highlighted services from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine that public health organizations can benefit from, such as training, programs, and funding. Because I coordinated this session in partnership with four other partner organizations in the Middle Atlantic Region, the strength of the work of NNLM MAR’s partners was an important part of this session.

Alison Wessel discussed a project she was involved with during her time with the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services Library. This library did an assessment of thirty-three public libraries in the state of Delaware to better understand the health information needs of the community and training needs of public library staff. Alison discussed the design and results of this survey and some of the activities that occurred in response to these results, such as placing social workers in public libraries and offering mental health first aid training.

Chad Thomas from the Philadelphia Department of Public Health discussed four emergency preparedness projects that he oversaw in partnership with the Free Library of Philadelphia. These projects included training library staff in emergency preparedness, developing library emergency response roles, and disseminating bookmarks with public health messaging. In addition to collaborating with the local library branches, these projects incorporated resources from the National Library of Medicine, such as the Disaster Information Management Resource Center (DIMRC).

Alison Wessel, Erin Seger and Rachel Feuerstein-Simon

Rachel Feuerstein-Simon from the University of Pennsylvania shared the results of a project that evaluated the feasibility and acceptability of an opioid reversal training that was facilitated by the Philadelphia Department of Public Health and hosted by the Free Library of Philadelphia. She explained that as a result of this training, participants were more likely to say that they “completely agree” that they would help someone experiencing an overdose. These trainings also showed knowledge gain among participants, including improved knowledge about the indicators of an opioid overdose.

Kelly Sines with Philadelphia FIGHT discussed a digital literacy program developed at Philadelphia FIGHT’s Critical Path Learning Center. This was a hybrid online-in person course called Upgrade Your Health! that taught critical health literacy skills such as finding health information online, how to use personal health management devices, and how to communicate effectively with healthcare providers. Upgrade Your Health! incorporated MedlinePlus as the primary tool for locating quality health information and used the NNLM program Engage for Health for the training on talking with your doctor.

While all of these speakers discussed projects that addressed different public health topics that were initiated by diverse organizations, there was a common thread between all of them – that libraries are important public health partners. Public libraries were a local partner in many of these projects, and the National Library of Medicine and National Network of Libraries of Medicine played a role as national and regional partners, offering trusted resources and programming, as well as funding for many of these projects. These projects make it clear that we can improve health information access and public health through continued partnership.

Written by Erin Seger, Health Professions Coordinator, for the Fall 2019 edition of The MAReport quarterly newsletter.

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Weekly Postings

Wed, 2019-11-27 08:03

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Spotlight

Applications Due: Library and Information Science (LIS) students can apply by Thursday, December 5 for funding to attend the ALA Midwinter Conference in January 2020 and participate in meetings, the National Library of Medicine exhibit booth, and other activities designed to learn about health information outreach and the All of Us Research Program. Please share this opportunity!

Respond Today: The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is supported by a cooperative agreement (UG4) that operates on a five-year cycle. As we prepare for the start of the next cycle (in May 2021), we are seeking input and feedback from the public on ways to ensure that the NNLM can continue to advance the progress of medicine and improve public health by providing U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improving individuals’ access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health. The deadline to respond is Monday, December 2, 2019.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

The MAR Offices will be closed November 28-29 during the University of Pittsburgh holiday break.

The New PubMed is Here! After extensive development and thorough testing in the PubMed Labs environment, The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has launched an updated version of PubMed. Learn what has changed with this upgrade and start using the new PubMed today!

National Health Observances: Looking for tools and materials to promote American Indian Heritage or Family Health History? 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.

Clinical eCompanion: We’d like your feedback on the point of care tool, Clinical eCompanion! This feedback will help us to determine the future of this website. To let us know what you think, visit the Clinical eCompanion site and select the highlighted link on the homepage.

Crowdsourcing, Citizen Science and Edit-a-Thons – NER Update

NLM/NIH News

Thanksgiving – What I am Giving Thanks for This Year – Dr. Patricia Flatley Brennan shares what she is thankful for as the director of NLM. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Giving Thanks for Biomedical Research – This Thanksgiving, Americans have an abundance of reasons to be grateful—loving family and good food often come to mind. Here’s one more to add to the list: exciting progress in biomedical research. – NIH Director’s Blog

Scrub Away the Thanksgiving Troublemakers – Pine-cone crafts, cranberry sauce, and…poultry handling. As Thanksgiving and other winter holidays approach, many of us find ourselves thinking about these things. More than 60 years ago, and not just for the holidays, the Communicable Disease Center (now the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) was thinking about food safety, too. – 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 the upcoming retirement of the American Indian and Alaska Native Health portal.

NBA Star Kevin Love Shares Mental Health Struggles in NIH MedlinePlus Magazine – NLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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

December 2019

Astronaut Health: Health Information Resources to Support Science Education – December 5, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Public and school libraries throughout the nation have been celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing this year with the reading theme “A Universe of Stories”. Join the South Central Region (SCR) for this class that will walk through various resources from NLM, NIH, and NASA, as well as wonderful communities of practice that are ready to help you continue to incorporate science and health programming into the library. Learn about partnerships and programs that took place this year for the Summer of Space, and get ready to explore where space and health resources collide!

Engaging Parents and Caregivers in Substance Use Disorder Prevention and Recovery – December 5, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Join this webinar with the New England Region (NER) and guest presenter Fred Muench, PhD, President of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. Fred will present on family-based interventions to engage parents and caregivers, as well as data on the resources the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids offers for families addressing every aspect of substance use and addiction, from prevention to recovery.

Data Visualization: Theory to Practice – December 6, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Join the South Central Region (SCR) to take data visualization instruction to the next level and start creating your own visualizations. This webinar will consist of an overview of data visualization, a discussion of ethical considerations to take when creating visualizations, and a demonstration of a free, in-browser data visualization tool that you can start using immediately.

More Than a Bandage: Health Information Resources for K-12 Professionals – December 10, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), this course is an introduction to free health information and educational resources for K-12 professionals provided by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and other trusted organizations. Participants will learn about consumer health sites with an emphasis on MedlinePlus, covering general health resources, drug information, multi-cultural and multi-language resources, career/professional resources, and youth heath issues.

Substance Use Disorder and Heredity: It’s a Family Disease – December 10, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Join the New England Region (NER) for a special webinar that explores the many facets of substance use disorders in teens, through a candid interview with a Recovery High School student, her father, and her grandmother. Participants will learn about the roles of genetic predisposition and choice in the disease of addiction, and become familiar with quality information resources from the National Library of Medicine and other partners.

Staying Healthy Abroad – December 11, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – Are you preparing for holiday travel? Has winter inspired you to get out and see the world? Maybe you have questions about what vaccines are required. Perhaps you and your travel companions have preconceived ideas regarding travel, especially when it comes to international trips. Sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR), this webinar will discuss a number of strategies by which to reduce risk to a minimum.

Online Privacy 101 – December 18, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Join the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) for an introduction to online privacy in the digital age. We live in an era of data breaches and constant surveillance. Learn how to keep your data safe, consider the risks versus rewards of common internet browsing behavior, and navigate best practices for public computer labs, mobile phones, and personal browsing.

Libraries, Utilities, and Medical Vulnerability – December 18, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – How are libraries, librarians, and library patrons impacted by disruptions to grid energy? Utility shutoffs can have deadly impacts on individuals who rely on grid energy to power their life-sustaining medical devices. Understanding the health impacts of utility shutoffs and the programs in place to protect medically vulnerable individuals is critical to anyone who lives or works in the path of natural disasters, and anyone who provides health information to medically vulnerable populations inside and outside of disaster zones. Join the Pacific Southwest Region (PSR) for a webinar to explore these issues.

January 2020

Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library – January 6-February 3, 2020 – Sponsored by the MidContinental Region (MCR), this hands-on, asynchronous online 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. Participants will learn about the evolution of consumer health, health literacy and the e-patient, and will leave equipped with knowledge of top consumer health sites. This class will discuss creative ideas for health information outreach, and provide opportunities to explore effective marketing approaches and develop an elevator speech.

Will Duct Tape Cure My Warts? Examining Complementary and Alternative Medicine – January 6-February 14, 2020 – Sponsored by the MidContinental Region (MCR), this online course will introduce basic concepts in Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), issues about research into CAM therapies, evaluating CAM information, recommended websites, and researching evidence about CAM therapies.

*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:

Maize Day: The day after Thanksgiving is recognized annually as Maize Day and celebrates the traditional role of corn in Native American cultures. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, corn is low in phosphorus which can help protect your bones and blood vessels. After the holidays, incorporate some corn and other ingredients to help you and your family get back on track to living active and healthy. Try vegetables such as squash, beans, mushrooms, persimmons, and asparagus. For more ways to enjoy corn, visit the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s website.

ECRI Guidelines Trust celebrates one year anniversary with a new website – Since launching in November 2018, the ECRI Guidelines Trust has made tremendous progress with an inventory of more than 1,400 clinical guidelines from 131 guideline developers, including 568 Guideline Briefs and TRUST Scorecards. The resource serves thousands of physicians, nurses, students, medical librarians, and other healthcare professionals from more than 85 countries and territories worldwide. In celebration of their 1st anniversary, ECRI has launched a new, redesigned website which showcases their growing content and provides an enhanced user experience.

New course on health insurance enrollment added to PLA’s DigitalLearn website – In coordination with Affordable Care Act (ACA) Open Enrollment for 2020, which runs November 1–December 15, 2019, the Public Library Association (PLA) has released a new online tutorial to help consumers sign up for health insurance. This 18-minute online tutorial explores the processes of determining eligibility, preparing to enroll, creating an account, and finding local help to successfully enroll in an ACA health insurance plan.

Research by the Numbers: Measuring and Increasing Impact – December 11, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – If you are new to publication metrics or want to learn about the latest developments and best practices in the area, scholars from the Taubman Health Sciences Library are your guides! This webinar will explore publication metrics that quantify the impact of individual researchers, research groups, and journals and discuss the latest citation-based indicator and visualization tools. You’ll learn the strengths and weaknesses of each metric, how to teach authors ways to maximize the impact of their work, and gain insights from a new research impact initiative at Taubman. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

General Information on New EFTS by MLA – The Medical Library Association (MLA) has developed the specifications of a new Electronic Funds Transfer System (EFTS) platform. If your institution relies on the current version of EFTS, operated by the University of Connecticut Health Center (UCHC), learn more about how this change may impact service through 2020. MLA will proceed with actual development and implementation of a new EFTS if a minimum of 750 users sign up for the new platform by January 10, 2020.

Hospital Libraries Section (HLS)/Medical Library Association (MLA) Professional Development Grant – Whether you are in the middle of your career, new to it all, or have worked for many years, the HLS/MLA Professional Development Grant is an opportunity for an amazing professional journey into education or research. The grant is open to librarians working in a hospital, health system or similar clinical settings. Grant funds can be used for professional development through MEDLIB-ED or to help attend the MLA Annual Meeting or CE courses. It may also be used to support reimbursement for expenses incurred in conducting research such as a statistician to help with survey design, analyses etc. The deadline to apply is December 1, 2019.

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

Weekly Postings

Fri, 2019-11-22 12:30

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

Spotlight

Read the MAReport: This quarter, learn about the BeautiFitstrong Camp for Girls from our Member Spotlight: Audra Anusionwu.

The New PubMed is Here! After extensive development and thorough testing in the PubMed Labs environment, The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has launched an updated version of PubMed. Learn what has changed with this upgrade and start using the new PubMed today!

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

The MAR Offices will be closed November 28-29 during the University of Pittsburgh holiday break.

Funding Available Now! Library and Information Science (LIS) students can apply by December 5 for funding to attend the ALA Midwinter Conference in January 2020 and participate in meetings, the National Library of Medicine exhibit booth, and other activities designed to learn about health information outreach and the All of Us Research Program. Please share this opportunity!

Request for Information (RFI): The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is supported by a cooperative agreement (UG4) that operates on a five-year cycle. As we prepare for the start of the next cycle (in May 2021), we are seeking input and feedback from the public on ways to ensure that the NNLM can continue to advance the progress of medicine and improve public health by providing U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improving individuals’ access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health. The deadline to respond is December 2, 2019.

National Health Observances: Looking for tools and materials to promote American Indian Heritage or Family Health History? 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.

Clinical eCompanion: We’d like your feedback on the point of care tool, Clinical eCompanion! This feedback will help us to determine the future of this website. To let us know what you think, visit the Clinical eCompanion site and select the highlighted link on the homepage.

In the Region – Check out the photos from our 3rd annual planning retreat on Twitter or Instagram! Read about more of 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

Kickstart the New EFTS Platform: Update – DOCLINE Talkline

NLM/NIH News

How NIH Is Using Artificial Intelligence To Improve Operations – Artificial intelligence (AI) is everywhere, from the online marketplace to the laboratory! When you read an article or shop online, the experience is probably supported by AI. And scientists are applying AI methods to find indications of disease, to design experiments, and to make discovery processes more efficient. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

What a Memory Looks Like – Your brain has the capacity to store a lifetime of memories, covering everything from the name of your first pet to your latest computer password. But what does a memory actually look like? – 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 the upcoming retirement of the American Indian and Alaska Native Health portal.

The Neighborhood Atlas—Free Social Determinants of Health Data for All! – Developed at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, the Neighborhood Atlas is a user-friendly, online tool that enables customized ranking and mapping of neighborhoods according to socioeconomic disadvantage across the full U.S., including Puerto Rico. – Inside NIA, a Blog for Researchers

NBA Star Kevin Love Shares Mental Health Struggles in NIH MedlinePlus Magazine – NLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Request for proposals: Single Cell in the Cloud codeathon at NYGC in JanuaryNCBI Insights, Providing Insights into NCBI Resources and the Science Behind Them

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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

December 2019

Astronaut Health: Health Information Resources to Support Science Education – December 5, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Public and school libraries throughout the nation have been celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing this year with the reading theme “A Universe of Stories”. Join the South Central Region (SCR) for this class that will walk through various resources from NLM, NIH, and NASA, as well as wonderful communities of practice that are ready to help you continue to incorporate science and health programming into the library. Learn about partnerships and programs that took place this year for the Summer of Space, and get ready to explore where space and health resources collide!

Engaging Parents and Caregivers in Substance Use Disorder Prevention and Recovery – December 5, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Join this webinar with the New England Region (NER) and guest presenter Fred Muench, PhD, President of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. Fred will present on family-based interventions to engage parents and caregivers, as well as data on the resources the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids offers for families addressing every aspect of substance use and addiction, from prevention to recovery.

Data Visualization: Theory to Practice – December 6, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Join the South Central Region (SCR) to take data visualization instruction to the next level and start creating your own visualizations. This webinar will consist of an overview of data visualization, a discussion of ethical considerations to take when creating visualizations, and a demonstration of a free, in-browser data visualization tool that you can start using immediately.

More Than a Bandage: Health Information Resources for K-12 Professionals – December 10, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), this course is an introduction to free health information and educational resources for K-12 professionals provided by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and other trusted organizations. Participants will learn about consumer health sites with an emphasis on MedlinePlus, covering general health resources, drug information, multi-cultural and multi-language resources, career/professional resources, and youth heath issues.

Substance Use Disorder and Heredity: It’s a Family Disease – December 10, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Join the New England Region (NER) for a special webinar that explores the many facets of substance use disorders in teens, through a candid interview with a Recovery High School student, her father, and her grandmother. Participants will learn about the roles of genetic predisposition and choice in the disease of addiction, and become familiar with quality information resources from the National Library of Medicine and other partners.

Staying Healthy Abroad – December 11, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – Are you preparing for holiday travel? Has winter inspired you to get out and see the world? Maybe you have questions about what vaccines are required. Perhaps you and your travel companions have preconceived ideas regarding travel, especially when it comes to international trips. Sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR), this webinar will discuss a number of strategies by which to reduce risk to a minimum.

Online Privacy 101 – December 18, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Join the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) for an introduction to online privacy in the digital age. We live in an era of data breaches and constant surveillance. Learn how to keep your data safe, consider the risks versus rewards of common internet browsing behavior, and navigate best practices for public computer labs, mobile phones, and personal browsing.

Libraries, Utilities, and Medical Vulnerability – December 18, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – How are libraries, librarians, and library patrons impacted by disruptions to grid energy? Utility shutoffs can have deadly impacts on individuals who rely on grid energy to power their life-sustaining medical devices. Understanding the health impacts of utility shutoffs and the programs in place to protect medically vulnerable individuals is critical to anyone who lives or works in the path of natural disasters, and anyone who provides health information to medically vulnerable populations inside and outside of disaster zones. Join the Pacific Southwest Region (PSR) for a webinar to explore these issues.

January 2020

Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library – January 6-February 3, 2020 – Sponsored by the MidContinental Region (MCR), this hands-on, asynchronous online 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. Participants will learn about the evolution of consumer health, health literacy and the e-patient, and will leave equipped with knowledge of top consumer health sites. This class will discuss creative ideas for health information outreach, and provide opportunities to explore effective marketing approaches and develop an elevator speech.

Will Duct Tape Cure My Warts? Examining Complementary and Alternative Medicine – January 6-February 14, 2020 – Sponsored by the MidContinental Region (MCR), this online course will introduce basic concepts in Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), issues about research into CAM therapies, evaluating CAM information, recommended websites, and researching evidence about CAM therapies.

New classes on-demand! Looking for more self-paced learning opportunities? Check out In Case of Emergencies: Continuity of Operations (COOP) Planning. 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. This course fulfills one of the requirements of the Medical Library Association (MLA) Disaster Information Specialization, and provides four MLA continuing education (CE) credits.

*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:

How the media can help fight the flu – Made by History, The Washington Post

Using Antibiotics Safely in Hospitals: Then, Now, and Beyond – AHRQ Views

New course on health insurance enrollment added to PLA’s DigitalLearn website – In coordination with Affordable Care Act (ACA) Open Enrollment for 2020, which runs November 1–December 15, 2019, the Public Library Association (PLA) has released a new online tutorial to help consumers sign up for health insurance. This 18-minute online tutorial explores the processes of determining eligibility, preparing to enroll, creating an account, and finding local help to successfully enroll in an ACA health insurance plan.

Research by the Numbers: Measuring and Increasing Impact – December 11, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – If you are new to publication metrics or want to learn about the latest developments and best practices in the area, scholars from the Taubman Health Sciences Library are your guides! This webinar will explore publication metrics that quantify the impact of individual researchers, research groups, and journals and discuss the latest citation-based indicator and visualization tools. You’ll learn the strengths and weaknesses of each metric, how to teach authors ways to maximize the impact of their work, and gain insights from a new research impact initiative at Taubman. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

Maize Day: The day after Thanksgiving is recognized annually as Maize Day and celebrates the traditional role of corn in Native American cultures. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, corn is low in phosphorus which can help protect your bones and blood vessels. After the holidays, incorporate some corn and other ingredients to help you and your family get back on track to living active and healthy. Try vegetables such as squash, beans, mushrooms, persimmons, and asparagus. For more ways to enjoy corn, visit the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s website.

General Information on New EFTS by MLA – The Medical Library Association (MLA) has developed the specifications of a new Electronic Funds Transfer System (EFTS) platform. If your institution relies on the current version of EFTS, operated by the University of Connecticut Health Center (UCHC), learn more about how this change may impact service through 2020. MLA will proceed with actual development and implementation of a new EFTS if a minimum of 750 users sign up for the new platform by January 10, 2020.

Hospital Libraries Section (HLS)/Medical Library Association (MLA) Professional Development Grant – Whether you are in the middle of your career, new to it all, or have worked for many years, the HLS/MLA Professional Development Grant is an opportunity for an amazing professional journey into education or research. The grant is open to librarians working in a hospital, health system or similar clinical settings. Grant funds can be used for professional development through MEDLIB-ED or to help attend the MLA Annual Meeting or CE courses. It may also be used to support reimbursement for expenses incurred in conducting research such as a statistician to help with survey design, analyses etc. The deadline to apply is December 1, 2019.

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

The New PubMed is Here!

Tue, 2019-11-19 07:00

After extensive development and thorough testing in the PubMed Labs environment, The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has launched an updated version of PubMed, a free resource that supports the search and retrieval of peer-reviewed biomedical and life sciences literature, with the aim of improving health–both globally and personally.

Available to the public online since 1996, PubMed was developed and is maintained by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) at NLM, located at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The PubMed database contains more than 30 million citations and abstracts of peer-reviewed biomedical literature. It does not include full-text journal articles; however, links to the full text are often present when available from other sources, such as the publisher’s website or PubMed Central (PMC).

You can start using the new PubMed today by visiting the site directly, or by clicking on the banner on pubmed.gov. What exactly is new with the new PubMed?

  • The new PubMed offers a clean, easy-to-use interface, and was designed from the ground up to be mobile-friendly. The new interface was built using modern web standards, with a responsive layout, making it easier for new users on any type of device to find what they’re looking for.
  • The new PubMed is designed to help you find what you need, fast. The improved Best Match sort order uses a state-of-the-art machine learning algorithm to help elevate the most relevant articles to the top of your results list. Improved citation and title sensors are built into the search box, making it even easier to find an article based on known citation information.

While it may look different, the new PubMed still includes the features you rely on, and gives you access to the same trusted bibliographic data. The new PubMed includes the key features that have long been a part of PubMed, including:

  • customizable filters to help you narrow your search,
  • tools to save and share your search results,
  • an Advanced Search Builder that lets you search for terms in a specific field, see how your search is being translated, and review your search history; and,
  • options to set up e-mail alerts to be notified when new results are available.

Starting in Spring 2020, all PubMed users will be redirected to the new PubMed. Stay tuned to banner messages on pubmed.gov for more details, or subscribe to the NLM Technical Bulletin for the latest updates on this and other National Library of Medicine tools you may be using. NLM is committed to continued PubMed development, and will continue adding features and improving user experience, ensuring that PubMed remains a trusted and accessible source of biomedical literature today and in the future.

Categories: RML Blogs

Member Spotlight: Audra Anusionwu

Mon, 2019-11-18 07:00
Audra Anusionwu

Audra Anusionwu

I am Founder and Director of BeautiFitstrong Camp for Girls. As Director of BeautiFitstrong Camp, I curate an eight-week summer day camp for girls focused on health and overall wellness. It’s a full day program that services girls ages 5-13. We also hire WorkReady teen girls age 14-18. As a Certified Fitness Trainer and Wellness Coach, I help facilitate and coordinate activities throughout the program focused on healthy eating, fitness, STEAM, etiquette, self-esteem building, body positivity and setting smart goals. We teach girls that health is what you put in, on, and around your body.

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR), was instrumental in helping map out K-12 resources for our program curriculum. The foundation of our program was built on resources such as MedlinePlus, ChooseMyPlate, BAM! Body and Mind, Nutrition.gov, girlshealth.gov, and EPA.gov.

BeautiFitstrong Camp for Girls was a recipient of the NNLM MAR Community Outreach award for our Wellness for Everybody Initiative. This initiative was an extension to our summer 2017 program. The grant allowed us to engage parents and family members of campers in some of the same wellness activities that campers enjoy during the summer. It was important to me to engage the decision-makers in the girls’ homes to really effect long term lifestyle changes in the girls, and ultimately the families we serve.

children doing yoga poses

Serving as a member of the NNLM MAR Consumer Health SAG since June of 2016 has been invaluable. Representation matters on every platform, so being able to be a voice for my community is an honor. I bring the experience of growing up in inner city Philadelphia below the poverty level, with an understanding of the importance of health equity. Having access to relevant and reliable resources to be able to make informed decisions regarding both personal and family health is important.

Written by Audra Anusionwu, Founder and Director of BeautiFitstrong Camp for Girls in Philadelphia, PA, for the Fall 2019 edition of The MAReport quarterly newsletter.

Categories: RML Blogs

Weekly Postings

Fri, 2019-11-15 12:32

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

Spotlight

Funding Available Now! Library and Information Science (LIS) students can apply by December 5 for funding to attend the ALA Midwinter Conference in January 2020 and participate in meetings, the National Library of Medicine exhibit booth, and other activities designed to learn about health information outreach and the All of Us Research Program. Please share this opportunity!

Read the MAReport: This quarter, Academic Coordinator Kelsey Cowles wrote about NNLM’s use of crowdsourcing to improve health information through our biannual Wikipedia Edit-a-thons. It’s not too late to participate in our Fall edit-a-thon for mental health, coming up next week on November 20!

Congratulations to Debra Youngfelt, Executive Director at the Eastcentral and Northeast PA Area Health Education Centers in Lehighton, PA, for being named the 2019 State Rural Health Leader of the Year! Learn more about Debra’s amazing work in rural health outreach from her Member Spotlight in the Spring 2019 edition of the MAReport.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

The MAR offices will be closed on Wednesday, November 20 for our yearly planning retreat. Follow #nnlmmarRetreat next week to see how we use creative activities to spark new ideas for our next year of training and outreach in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Delaware.

Request for Information (RFI): The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is supported by a cooperative agreement (UG4) that operates on a five-year cycle. As we prepare for the start of the next cycle (in May 2021), we are seeking input and feedback from the public on ways to ensure that the NNLM can continue to advance the progress of medicine and improve public health by providing U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improving individuals’ access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health. The deadline to respond is December 2, 2019.

National Health Observances: Looking for tools and materials to promote American Indian Heritage or Family Health History? 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.

Clinical eCompanion: We’d like your feedback on the point of care tool, Clinical eCompanion! This feedback will help us to determine the future of this website. To let us know what you think, visit the Clinical eCompanion site and select the highlighted link on the homepage.

In the Region – attending the New York Library Association (NYLA) conference this weekend? Meet up with Michael Balkenhol and Tess Wilson to talk about citizen science, youth services, teen mental health, or just to say hello! Read about more of 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

Are your DOCLINE staff ready? – DOCLINE Talkline

NLM Releases New “About MedlinePlus” Website Information – Newsbits from PSR

National Rural Health Day – Mental Health – The Dragonfly, News from the Northwest and Beyond, by PNR

NLM/NIH News

Saluting All Veterans with a Salute to my Father, Thomas Michael Flatley – In honor of Veteran’s day, Dr. Patricia Flatley Brennan talks about her father, and the strong link between NLM and the uniformed services. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

How Measles Leave the Body Prone to Future Infections – With the big push to get kids vaccinated, you’ve probably heard about some of the very serious complications of measles: hearing-threatening ear infections, bronchitis, laryngitis, and even life-threatening forms of pneumonia and encephalitis. But now comes word of yet another way in which the measles can be devastating—one that may also have long-term consequences for a person’s health. – 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 a new asynchronous online course that defines and describes Continuity of Operations (COOP) planning and why it is important for libraries to have a continuity plan.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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

November 2019

Registration closing soon! Thinking Outside the PubMed Box – November 18, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Do you develop or support wellness programming at your library or help patrons find health information? Do you support health sciences instructors or students at a school, college, or university? Are you familiar with PubMed, but curious if there are other resources out there that might be better suited to your patron audience? Sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), this class will introduce you to a range of trustworthy and freely available online health information resources developed by the National Library of Medicine (NLM). Awareness of these resources will help you “think outside the PubMed box” when assisting patrons or developing programming, allowing you to better tailor your resource usage and recommendations to particular contexts.

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month: What’s New Since 1492? – November 20, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Join the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) in observing Native American Heritage Month with a presentation by Eugene Fracek, member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe in South Dakota and a cultural ambassador who teaches people of all ages about American Indian Tribes. In this one-hour webinar, Mr. Fracek will present an overview and perspective of the history, cultural values and behaviors, and legal issues impacting American Indian Tribes and members of those Tribes.

The New PubMed – November 20, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Join the New England Region (NER) for the next installment of NNLM Resource Picks, our collaborative, bimonthly, webcast series featuring the National Library of Medicine resources. This session will preview the new, modern PubMed with its updated features including advanced search tools, saving citations to a Clipboard, options for sharing results, and the new “Cite” button. You’ll also learn about the reasons for the change and how this new improved Pub Med will make mobile searching easier.

How Public Health Can Learn From and Inform the Precision Medicine All of Us Research Program – November 21, 9:00-10:30 AM ET – The National Institute of Health (NIH)-led All of Us research program aims to enroll over one million people in the U.S. in a research cohort to improve understanding of how individual differences in lifestyle, socioeconomics, environment, and biology affect health outcomes. Recruiting a diverse research cohort is key to ensuring that findings will be broadly applicable, and All of Us strives to include participants from groups historically underrepresented in biomedical research. Join the Office of Genomics and Precision Public Health, Office of Science, at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for this presentation to learn more about the All of Us research program, better understand how the approaches used to recruit All of Us participants can inform future public health efforts to address diversity, and share your expertise in increasing diverse participation in your own public health work.

From the Mountains to the Sea: Rural Health Issues and Resources – November 21, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Evidence shows that there are marked health disparities between those living in rural areas versus their urban counterparts. Not only do rural residents suffer from higher incidence of chronic illness, they also have limited access to primary care services and are more likely to be uninsured or under-insured. Sponsored by the New England Region (NER), this session will describe hallmarks of rural America, identifying access challenges of living in rural communities and equipping participants with tools to service the health information needs of those living in rural communities. After completing an assignment, participants are eligible for 2 MLA CE.

PubMed for Librarians: Automatic Term Mapping (ATM) – November 22, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM ET – Attend this webinar with the NNLM Training Office (NTO) to learn how PubMed uses ATM to map your keyword searches to the controlled vocabulary of the MeSH database. Learn how ATM lets you search PubMed effectively with keywords. This class will also look at the automatic explosion feature, what is and isn’t included in Search Details, and explore how to search for phrases in PubMed.

December 2019

Astronaut Health: Health Information Resources to Support Science Education – December 5, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Public and school libraries throughout the nation have been celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing this year with the reading theme “A Universe of Stories”. Join the South Central Region (SCR) for this class that will walk through various resources from NLM, NIH, and NASA, as well as wonderful communities of practice that are ready to help you continue to incorporate science and health programming into the library. Learn about partnerships and programs that took place this year for the Summer of Space, and get ready to explore where space and health resources collide!

Engaging Parents and Caregivers in Substance Use Disorder Prevention and Recovery – December 5, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Join this webinar with the New England Region (NER) and guest presenter Fred Muench, PhD, President of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. Fred will present on family-based interventions to engage parents and caregivers, as well as data on the resources the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids offers for families addressing every aspect of substance use and addiction, from prevention to recovery.

Data Visualization: Theory to Practice – December 6, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Join the South Central Region (SCR) to take data visualization instruction to the next level and start creating your own visualizations. This webinar will consist of an overview of data visualization, a discussion of ethical considerations to take when creating visualizations, and a demonstration of a free, in-browser data visualization tool that you can start using immediately.

More Than a Bandage: Health Information Resources for K-12 Professionals – December 10, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), this course is an introduction to free health information and educational resources for K-12 professionals provided by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and other trusted organizations. Participants will learn about consumer health sites with an emphasis on MedlinePlus, covering general health resources, drug information, multi-cultural and multi-language resources, career/professional resources, and youth heath issues.

Substance Use Disorder and Heredity: It’s a Family Disease – December 10, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Join the New England Region (NER) for a special webinar that explores the many facets of substance use disorders in teens, through a candid interview with a Recovery High School student, her father, and her grandmother. Participants will learn about the roles of genetic predisposition and choice in the disease of addiction, and become familiar with quality information resources from the National Library of Medicine and other partners.

Staying Healthy Abroad – December 11, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – Are you preparing for holiday travel? Has winter inspired you to get out and see the world? Maybe you have questions about what vaccines are required. Perhaps you and your travel companions have preconceived ideas regarding travel, especially when it comes to international trips. Sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR), this webinar will discuss a number of strategies by which to reduce risk to a minimum.

Online Privacy 101 – December 18, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Join the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) for an introduction to online privacy in the digital age. We live in an era of data breaches and constant surveillance. Learn how to keep your data safe, consider the risks versus rewards of common internet browsing behavior, and navigate best practices for public computer labs, mobile phones, and personal browsing.

New classes on-demand! Looking for more self-paced learning opportunities? Check out In Case of Emergencies: Continuity of Operations (COOP) Planning. 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. This course fulfills one of the requirements of the Medical Library Association (MLA) Disaster Information Specialization, and provides four MLA continuing education (CE) credits.

*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 Posting: Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services, Stony Brook University Libraries, Stony Brook, NY

New course on health insurance enrollment added to PLA’s DigitalLearn website – In coordination with Affordable Care Act (ACA) Open Enrollment for 2020, which runs November 1–December 15, 2019, the Public Library Association (PLA) has released a new online tutorial to help consumers sign up for health insurance. This 18-minute online tutorial explores the processes of determining eligibility, preparing to enroll, creating an account, and finding local help to successfully enroll in an ACA health insurance plan.

Maize Day: The day after Thanksgiving is recognized annually as Maize Day and celebrates the traditional role of corn in Native American cultures. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, corn is low in phosphorus which can help protect your bones and blood vessels. After the holidays, incorporate some corn and other ingredients to help you and your family get back on track to living active and healthy. Try vegetables such as squash, beans, mushrooms, persimmons, and asparagus. For more ways to enjoy corn, visit the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s website.

General Information on New EFTS by MLA – The Medical Library Association (MLA) has developed the specifications of a new Electronic Funds Transfer System (EFTS) platform. If your institution relies on the current version of EFTS, operated by the University of Connecticut Health Center (UCHC), learn more about how this change may impact service through 2020. MLA will proceed with actual development and implementation of a new EFTS if a minimum of 750 users sign up for the new platform by January 10, 2020.

Beyond PRISMA– Health Research Reporting Guidelines: Your new secret weapon! – November 18, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – How often have you been asked for guidance from a medical student or resident who wants to submit a case study to a journal? Maybe a systematic review team member has asked for help with a data extraction form? Or you’ve been asked to lead journal club—now what? Sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System (HSLS) with support from the NNLM South Central Region (SCR), this webinar will take you beyond PRISMA by introducing you to the family of health research reporting guidelines, and discuss the ways in which they can be used for more than just reporting. This class will also examine study execution assessment tools.

Reimagined In America: What Can the World Teach Us About Building a Culture of Health? – November 21, 1:30-2:30 PM ET – Join the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for the next installment in this webinar series that will discuss how people can tackle social isolation and strengthen social connectedness in their communities, inspired by ideas from around the world. You can also browse the webinar archive to watch recordings of other sessions in this series.

Developing Health Literacy Skills in Youth: A Workshop – Presented by the National Academy of Sciences, the Roundtable on Health Literacy will convene on November 19 for a public workshop to discuss the necessity of developing health literacy skills in youth, examine the research on developmentally appropriate health literacy milestones and transitions and measuring health literacy in youth, learn from programs and policies that represent best practices for developing health literacy skills in youth, and explore potential collaborations across disciplines for developing health literacy skills in youth. Register to attend this event in person or via live webcast!

Hospital Libraries Section (HLS)/Medical Library Association (MLA) Professional Development Grant – Whether you are in the middle of your career, new to it all, or have worked for many years, the HLS/MLA Professional Development Grant is an opportunity for an amazing professional journey into education or research. The grant is open to librarians working in a hospital, health system or similar clinical settings. Grant funds can be used for professional development through MEDLIB-ED or to help attend the MLA Annual Meeting or CE courses. It may also be used to support reimbursement for expenses incurred in conducting research such as a statistician to help with survey design, analyses etc. The deadline to apply is December 1, 2019.

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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In the Region

Wed, 2019-11-13 10:00

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.

Kelsey Cowles, wrapping up fall travel: Over the past few weeks I have been very busy traveling around the region! The Pennsylvania Library Association conference in Erie, PA was a great way to connect with folks from all different types of libraries and introduce them to the wide variety of NLM resources that they can use in their work. I followed that up with the Upstate NY and Ontario Chapter of MLA conference in beautiful Watkins Glen, NY, where the fall colors were still spectacular. Next, I stopped for a day in Philadelphia, PA to attend OpenCon Philly on my way to my final trip of the fall, the NY-NJ Chapter of MLA conference. OpenCon was a unique and exciting conference and I came away from it with lots of new ideas for incorporating the principles of ‘open’ into my work with the NNLM’s Research Data Management working group!

Michelle Burda, engaging our local community: I drove to South Park Township Library in Pittsburgh, PA on a pretty autumn day, October 30th. I presented “Engage for Health: Learn how to improve communication with your doctor or health care provider and take an active role in managing your health.” The content of the program was a presentation to help consumers be better prepared for their next office visit by offering tips on how to improve communication skills and become more engaged in managing their health or that of a loved one. Using examples, I explained how to speak up and become an active and empowered participant in the health care process. We also discussed resources related to healthy aging, like the National Institute on Aging’s Talking with Your Doctor, What’s on Your Plate?: Smart Food Choices for Healthy Aging, and the Go4Life Workout to Go Guide for older adults. It was a pleasure to talk to an engaging audience from the community who were interested in health information and its importance to managing their health care. This library is very active in programming for adults – they even have a retired ballet teacher who offers evening classes!

Erin Seger, at Conference: Last week I was at the American Public Health Association Annual Conference in Philadelphia, PA. I was lucky enough to present with MAR partners Chad Thomas, Alison Wessel, Kelly Sines and Rachel Feuerstein-Simon on public health and library partnerships. From emergency preparedness to digital literacy, to the opioid crisis, it was clear from these presentations that libraries are truly an important public health partner. Following my presentation, I’ve spoken with several people who attended the session. There seems to be agreement that working with libraries is of great interest to public health professionals, but perhaps a resource they hadn’t considered in the past! I’m excited to see where these types of partnerships move in the future.

Michael Balkenhol, travel to NYLA: This week I’m heading to Saratoga Springs for the New York Library Association Conference, November 14-16! If you’re attending, you can find me (and Tess Wilson) in the exhibit hall and at two sessions – Friday at 3:45 PM on Citizen Science, and Saturday at 9:30 AM for the Youth Services Table Talks on Teen Mental Health Resources!

Kate Flewelling, planning for Year 5: On November 20, NNLM MAR staff will have our 3rd annual planning retreat at the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Creativity. Now that everyone’s fall travel season is winding down, it’s time for us to reflect and to plan in a creative space away from the office. It’s also a great way to get to know each other better and do some team building. Check out the posts from our 2017-18 retreats and follow us this year on Twitter or Instagram, #nnlmmarRetreat.

Tess Wilson, making connections: I’m excited to get to work with some of the wonderful community-based organizations who were granted Health Programming in Public Libraries awards recently. These projects will be an exciting new way to think about bringing health literacy into the public library space. I have also been invited to be a guest lecturer for Library and Information Science (LIS) programs at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Wisconsin at Madison, which has been a real honor. I have spoken to these students about instruction in the public library, library advocacy, and NLM professional development opportunities. Finally, I am thrilled to be working with the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh to bring health and digital literacy to a public housing community in the city. This is a creative approach to this kind of work, and I can’t wait to keep everyone updated on our progress!

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Library and Information Science Student Outreach Award – Apply to attend ALA MidWinter!

Tue, 2019-11-12 16:59

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region, is pleased to offer funding for up to five current Library and Information Science students to attend ALA MidWinter.

The purpose of this award is to increase exposure to health sciences librarianship and information outreach among Library and Information Sciences students, especially from underrepresented groups.

The award provides funding for students to attend the ALA Midwinter Conference in January 2020 and participate in meetings, the National Library of Medicine exhibit booth and other activities designed for them to learn about health information outreach and the All of Us Research Program.

Eligibility:

Library and Information Science (LIS) students residing in and currently attending an ALA-accredited Library or Information Sciences program located in the Middle Atlantic Region (Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania) are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to applicants who identify as American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Middle Eastern/North African, and/or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander or who have disabilities.

Amount: Up to $2,500

Number of Awards Available: 5

Application Deadline: Thursday, December 5, 2019 – 4:30 PM ET

Details and application available from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region.

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#citeNLM Wikipedia Edit-A-Thons: Crowdsourcing Quality Health Information

Mon, 2019-11-11 07:00
Kelsey Cowles

Kelsey Cowles

Wikipedia is one of the most popular websites on the internet and is frequently the first or only place people seek information. Wikipedia’s health information articles are visited a staggering 7 billion times per year! While we as information professionals are working to raise awareness of trustworthy sources of health information online, we can also use our expertise to improve medical and health-related articles on Wikipedia to make them more reliable.

The National Library of Medicine has a strategic goal to “reach more people in more ways through enhanced dissemination and engagement pathways.” To help reach this goal, the NNLM holds biannual #citeNLM Wikipedia “edit-a-thons,” editing campaigns aimed at adding citations to NLM resources in order to improve the credibility and content of existing Wikipedia articles. By leveraging NNLM members’ expertise in this cooperative campaign, we can make it easier to get credible, evidence-based health information online and increase the reach of NLM resources.

The focus of the fall 2019 edit-a-thon is mental health. You can get involved in #citeNLM in several ways:

  • Participate virtually as an individual: sign up to participate in our virtual edit-a-thon on November 20, or edit health articles on your own time and add the project hashtag (#citeNLM) in the Edit Summary. Don’t forget to drop a pin of your location on our participant map.
  • Participate in-person as an individual: find an in-person event happening near you.
  • Host your own in-person or virtual edit-a-thon: use our organizer’s guide to get started.
  • Share our campaign on social media: use #citeNLM in your posts about the event!

Never edited a Wikipedia article before? It’s easier than you might think!

  1. Create a free account on Wikipedia and register on our campaign dashboard.
  2. Complete free training modules on Wikipedia Basics and Editing Medical Topics, then watch the recording of our training session.
  3. Find an article that needs a citation. Our dashboard has a list of pre-selected articles in need of improvement, or you can choose your own!
  4. Edit the article to add a citation to an NLM source or other reliable website (learn more about adding citations from 1Lib1Ref). Add #citeNLM in the Edit Summary.

For more details, visit nnlm.gov/wiki or reach out to me with questions at kac221@pitt.edu. We look forward to editing with you!

#citeNLM; improving health information on Wikipedia

Written by Kelsey Cowles, Academic Coordinator, for the Fall 2019 edition of The MAReport quarterly newsletter.

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Weekly Postings

Fri, 2019-11-08 11:53

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

Spotlight

Read the MAReport: This quarter, learn about using Graphic Medicine as a more accessible way to approach complex health topics from Health Programming Coordinator Michael Balkenhol.

Save the Date: The All of Us Research Program and AARP Create the Good will be streaming a talk with Dr. Suzana Petanceska of NIH’s National Institute on Aging and All of Us Participant Ambassador Dr. Randee Bloom about Alzheimer’s disease, precision medicine, and how All of Us may help change health research. RSVP and tune in on November 12 at 1:00 PM ET.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

Request for Information (RFI): The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is supported by a cooperative agreement (UG4) that operates on a five-year cycle. As we prepare for the start of the next cycle (in May 2021), we are seeking input and feedback from the public on ways to ensure that the NNLM can continue to advance the progress of medicine and improve public health by providing U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improving individuals’ access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health. The deadline to respond is December 2, 2019.

National Health Observances: Looking for tools and materials to promote American Indian Heritage or Family Health History? 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.

Clinical eCompanion: We’d like your feedback on the point of care tool, Clinical eCompanion! This feedback will help us to determine the future of this website. To let us know what you think, visit the Clinical eCompanion site and select the highlighted link on the homepage.

DOCLINE WILL BE UNAVAILABLE… 11:00am Wednesday, November 13 – DOCLINE Talkline

New on YouTube:

NLM/NIH News

Marking an Anniversary – Dr. Patricia Flatley Brennan describes how after three years, Musings has become a powerful tool for advancing the work of our colleagues at NLM. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Seeking Leek Island: A Place of Healing – Across the globe, World War I took millions of lives and left hundreds of thousands more with a variety of physical and psychological disabilities. However, despite all the chaos, violence, and death brought forth during wartime, there were a few areas of peace that could be found thanks to generous individuals of the day, and one of these places was the Leek Island Military Hospital. – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

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 several new features that have been added to the new PubMed.

NIH’s DRAFT Data Management and Sharing Policy: We Need to Hear From You!NIH Office of Science Policy

NIH News in Health: The November 2019 issue is now available, featuring, “Medical Scans Explained: A Look Inside the Body,” and, “Yoga for Health: Positioning Your Body and Mind.” Other topics include the long-term results of peanut allergy therapy, healthy eating, and taking control of your mental health.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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

November 2019

Working Across Difference: Making Better Connections – November 13, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Join the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR) and guest speaker Jessica Pettitt for the next installment in this webinar series about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion! We communicate across difference in passing, on purpose, and can even arrange a virtual conversation where everyone can see everyone easily even though we are potentially thousands of miles apart. While we “know” our co-workers, we often struggle to understand the cultural nuances of dealing with people of different cultural backgrounds, religions, languages, sexual orientations, gender expressions, socioeconomic variety, and more. This webinar will help participants understand what is required to work with people who are “not the same” as they are.

PubMed for Librarians: Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) – November 15, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM ET – Sponsored by the NNLM Training Office (NTO), attend this webinar to learn about the National Library of Medicine’s Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) database. This class will talk about the 4 different types of MeSH terms and how searchers can benefit from using MesH to build a search. Participants will investigate the structure of the MeSH database and look at the components of a MeSH record.

Consumer Health Information Justice: Identifying and addressing information-related factors that contribute to health disparities – November 15, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Southeastern Atlantic Region (SEA), this class will discuss many of the different types of information-related factors that can diminish an individual’s capability to live a long and healthy life, such as an inability to recognize and articulate one’s information needs; unawareness of and/or insufficient access to sources of relevant, comprehensible, and credible health information; limited health literacy (including inadequate digital health literacy skills); and an inability to act on information. The conclusion of the webinar will focus on some of the many ways in which information professionals are helping to shape these information-related factors so as to optimize every individual’s capability to not only live a long and healthy life, but also to flourish.

Thinking Outside the PubMed Box – November 18, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Do you develop or support wellness programming at your library or help patrons find health information? Do you support health sciences instructors or students at a school, college, or university? Are you familiar with PubMed, but curious if there are other resources out there that might be better suited to your patron audience? Sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), this class will introduce you to a range of trustworthy and freely available online health information resources developed by the National Library of Medicine (NLM). Awareness of these resources will help you “think outside the PubMed box” when assisting patrons or developing programming, allowing you to better tailor your resource usage and recommendations to particular contexts.

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month: What’s New Since 1492? – November 20, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Join the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) in observing Native American Heritage Month with a presentation by Eugene Fracek, member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe in South Dakota and a cultural ambassador who teaches people of all ages about American Indian Tribes. In this one-hour webinar, Mr. Fracek will present an overview and perspective of the history, cultural values and behaviors, and legal issues impacting American Indian Tribes and members of those Tribes.

The New PubMed – November 20, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Join the New England Region (NER) for the next installment of NNLM Resource Picks, our collaborative, bimonthly, webcast series featuring the National Library of Medicine resources. This session will preview the new, modern PubMed with its updated features including advanced search tools, saving citations to a Clipboard, options for sharing results, and the new “Cite” button. You’ll also learn about the reasons for the change and how this new improved Pub Med will make mobile searching easier.

How Public Health Can Learn From and Inform the Precision Medicine All of Us Research Program – November 21, 9:00-10:30 AM ET – The National Institute of Health (NIH)-led All of Us research program aims to enroll over one million people in the U.S. in a research cohort to improve understanding of how individual differences in lifestyle, socioeconomics, environment, and biology affect health outcomes. Recruiting a diverse research cohort is key to ensuring that findings will be broadly applicable, and All of Us strives to include participants from groups historically underrepresented in biomedical research. Join the Office of Genomics and Precision Public Health, Office of Science, at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for this presentation to learn more about the All of Us research program, better understand how the approaches used to recruit All of Us participants can inform future public health efforts to address diversity, and share your expertise in increasing diverse participation in your own public health work.

From the Mountains to the Sea: Rural Health Issues and Resources – November 21, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Evidence shows that there are marked health disparities between those living in rural areas versus their urban counterparts. Not only do rural residents suffer from higher incidence of chronic illness, they also have limited access to primary care services and are more likely to be uninsured or under-insured. Sponsored by the New England Region (NER), this session will describe hallmarks of rural America, identifying access challenges of living in rural communities and equipping participants with tools to service the health information needs of those living in rural communities. After completing an assignment, participants are eligible for 2 MLA CE.

PubMed for Librarians: Automatic Term Mapping (ATM) – November 22, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM ET – Attend this webinar with the NNLM Training Office (NTO) to learn how PubMed uses ATM to map your keyword searches to the controlled vocabulary of the MeSH database. Learn how ATM lets you search PubMed effectively with keywords. This class will also look at the automatic explosion feature, what is and isn’t included in Search Details, and explore how to search for phrases in PubMed.

December 2019

Astronaut Health: Health Information Resources to Support Science Education – December 5, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Public and school libraries throughout the nation have been celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing this year with the reading theme “A Universe of Stories”. Join the South Central Region (SCR) for this class that will walk through various resources from NLM, NIH, and NASA, as well as wonderful communities of practice that are ready to help you continue to incorporate science and health programming into the library. Learn about partnerships and programs that took place this year for the Summer of Space, and get ready to explore where space and health resources collide!

Engaging Parents and Caregivers in Substance Use Disorder Prevention and Recovery – December 5, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Join this webinar with the New England Region (NER) and guest presenter Fred Muench, PhD, President of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. Fred will present on family-based interventions to engage parents and caregivers, as well as data on the resources the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids offers for families addressing every aspect of substance use and addiction, from prevention to recovery.

More Than a Bandage: Health Information Resources for K-12 Professionals – December 10, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), this course is an introduction to free health information and educational resources for K-12 professionals provided by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and other trusted organizations. Participants will learn about consumer health sites with an emphasis on MedlinePlus, covering general health resources, drug information, multi-cultural and multi-language resources, career/professional resources, and youth heath issues.

Online Privacy 101 – December 18, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Join the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) for an introduction to online privacy in the digital age. We live in an era of data breaches and constant surveillance. Learn how to keep your data safe, consider the risks versus rewards of common internet browsing behavior, and navigate best practices for public computer labs, mobile phones, and personal browsing.

*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

Maize Day: The day after Thanksgiving is recognized annually as Maize Day and celebrates the traditional role of corn in Native American cultures. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, corn is low in phosphorus which can help protect your bones and blood vessels. After the holidays, incorporate some corn and other ingredients to help you and your family get back on track to living active and healthy. Try vegetables such as squash, beans, mushrooms, persimmons, and asparagus. For more ways to enjoy corn, visit the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s website.

Marketplace Open Enrollment lasts until December 15. Now is the time to visit HealthCare.gov to get ready for this year’s Open Enrollment and review your 2020 health plan options.

Public Libraries Respond to the Opioid Crisis with Their Communities – As the impact of the opioid epidemic is felt in communities across the US, public libraries are choosing to be part of the community response. With funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, (project number LG-00-18-0298-18), and in partnership with the Public Library Association (PLA), OCLC is sharing knowledge and resources that will help public libraries and their community partners develop effective strategies to address the opioid epidemic in America.

SAMSHA Launches FindTreatment.gov – The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) launched a newly designed website that will help connect those who are looking for substance abuse treatment with approximately 13,000 locations across the United States. Visitors can enter a ZIP Code to find nearby locations of state-licensed facilities, treatment options, payment and insurance information, and what to expect on the first call.

The Influence of Clothing and Other Textiles on Your Exposure to Indoor Air Pollutants – November 14, 1:00-2:30 PM ET – Textiles can have a very large capacity to accumulate indoor pollutants. As such, textiles can act as a major source, but they also can act as a sink that can lower exposure depending on their history. Given clothing’s close proximity to the skin, it can be a particularly influential exposure mediator. Laboratory and human studies now show how important textiles can be in controlling exposure and also provide data allowing for the testing of new exposure models. Extrapolation from these models shows just how much clothing influences population exposure to indoor pollutants, but also suggests ways to use textiles to control exposure. Join this webinar with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to learn more about the influence of textiles on your exposure to indoor air pollutants.

Beyond PRISMA– Health Research Reporting Guidelines: Your new secret weapon! – November 18, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – How often have you been asked for guidance from a medical student or resident who wants to submit a case study to a journal? Maybe a systematic review team member has asked for help with a data extraction form? Or you’ve been asked to lead journal club—now what? Sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System (HSLS) with support from the NNLM South Central Region (SCR), this webinar will take you beyond PRISMA by introducing you to the family of health research reporting guidelines, and discuss the ways in which they can be used for more than just reporting. This class will also examine study execution assessment tools.

Developing Health Literacy Skills in Youth: A Workshop – Presented by the National Academy of Sciences, the Roundtable on Health Literacy will convene on November 19 for a public workshop to discuss the necessity of developing health literacy skills in youth, examine the research on developmentally appropriate health literacy milestones and transitions and measuring health literacy in youth, learn from programs and policies that represent best practices for developing health literacy skills in youth, and explore potential collaborations across disciplines for developing health literacy skills in youth. Register to attend this event in person or via live webcast!

The Donald A. B. Lindberg Research Fellowship – The Medical Library Association (MLA) is now accepting applications for The Donald A. B. Lindberg Research Fellowship. The purpose of this fellowship is to fund research aimed at expanding the research knowledge base, linking the information services provided by librarians to improved health care and advances in biomedical research. The endowment will provide a grant of up to $10,000. It is awarded by MLA through a competitive grant process, to a qualified health sciences librarian, health professional, researcher, educator, or health administrator. The deadline to apply is November 15, 2019.

Hospital Libraries Section (HLS)/Medical Library Association (MLA) Professional Development Grant – Whether you are in the middle of your career, new to it all, or have worked for many years, the HLS/MLA Professional Development Grant is an opportunity for an amazing professional journey into education or research. The grant is open to librarians working in a hospital, health system or similar clinical settings. Grant funds can be used for professional development through MEDLIB-ED or to help attend the MLA Annual Meeting or CE courses. It may also be used to support reimbursement for expenses incurred in conducting research such as a statistician to help with survey design, analyses etc. The deadline to apply is December 1, 2019.

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