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September is National Preparedness Month. Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How. This week: Check your coverage.

The Fall 2018 offering for The Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey’s Group Licensing Initiative (HSLANJ GLI) is now available. MAR members are eligible for this cost-saving opportunity! The deadline to participate is Friday, November 9. Learn more.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

Funding Available: NNLM MAR has funding available for two grants of $19,000. Libraries, community-based organizations, schools, health care providers, and other organizations that provide health programming or services within PA, NY, NJ or DE are eligible to apply. Applications are due October 5, 2018, and award funds must be spent by April 30, 2019.

As part of a partnership with the All of Us Research Program, NNLM MAR is also pleased to offer up to 20 Professional Development Awards for library staff to attend ALA Midwinter. Awardees can apply for up to $2,000 for registration and travel costs. Learn more about the requirements and apply by October 12.

Connect with MAR: MAR coordinators would love the chance to speak with you in person about your projects, and opportunities for potential partnership! Review our schedule of upcoming conferences and workshops where you can meet and greet with our staff.

Stand Up for Health, successful preconference at the Association of Rural and Small Libraries – Midwest Matters, from GMR

Librarians and Research Data Management Services: Branching Out Into Big Data – MCR News

NLM/NIH News

Reflections on a ReflectionNLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

NIH Director’s Blog

The Forgotten Frontier: Nursing Done in Wild PlacesCirculating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

A Quick Q&A with NCBI’s Quantitative Molecular Biological Physics GroupNLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

In recognition of National Depression Screening Day, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is hosting a Twitter chat on depression on October 11 from 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET. This chat will cover the signs and symptoms, risk factors, and treatments for depression, with two experts to answer questions. Follow @NIMHgov and @NIMHDirector on Twitter for updates and use #NIMHchats to join the conversation.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

All are webinars, unless noted. Please note that the class registration system requires obtaining an NNLM account prior to registration. Learn how to register for classes from the NTO.

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

NNLM Resource Picks: ClinicalTrials.gov – September 26, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Join GMR for this next installation of NNLM’s collaborative, bimonthly, webcast series! This session will focus on ClinicalTrials.gov, a National of Library of Medicine database that provides patients, their family members, health care professionals, researchers, and the public with easy access to information on publicly and privately supported clinical studies on a wide range of diseases and conditions. This presentation will help you learn how to navigate the site and understand the nuances and limitations of information available on ClinicalTrials.gov.

Game On! Motivate and Engage Your Staff with Gaming Strategies – October 10, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – In this program sponsored by SCR, learn why your institution should be intentional in creating an immersive and engaging training and development program, and how to go about hiring the right person to lead it. Attendees will learn how to create engaging staff workshops, integrate gaming into a learning management system, and use specific tools including badges and ready-made free online platforms. Leave this session inspired to increase staff engagement at your own institution!

Planning, Developing, and Evaluating R Curriculum at the NIH Library – October 12, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Join MAR for this RDM webinar that will describe a pilot project to evaluate current R training at the NIH Library, and based on an evaluation of the data, revise the library’s R training curriculum. This will include a discussion of the development of a training plan, weekly R check-in sessions, managing documents using Open Science Framework (OSF), and an evaluation of the pilot.

Using Recovery Coaches in Substance Use Disorder Treatment – October 18, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – A Recovery Coach is a person who helps remove the personal and environmental obstacles to recovery, links the newly recovering person to the recovering community and serves as a personal guide and mentor in the management of personal and family recovery. Join NER for this webinar where you will learn what motivational interviewing is and how it aids in the change process and communicates acceptance.

Understanding Grief After an Overdose Death – November 28, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Sponsored by NER, this webinar focuses on the dynamics of grief after a death caused by substance use. It begins with a look at three key questions people bereaved by an overdose death commonly ask themselves: “Why did the person die from an overdose?” “Did the person intend to die?” “Was the death preventable?” It also covers the stigma, stress, and trauma that can come with grief after a death from substance use, and it considers issues that begin to influence survivors’ experience of grief and loss long before a death occurs, such as struggling with a loved one’s addiction and the demands of caring for a chronically ill person.

Understanding the Opioid Crisis: Where do I begin? – November 28, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – An estimated 1.9 million people in the U.S. have a prescription opioid use disorder, while another 586,000 have a heroin use disorder. Sponsored by MAR, this class will help you to understand what addiction and opioids are and where you can find authoritative information to understand this complex epidemic. Participants will learn about many resources and explore ideas for their use in community outreach education and programs. This class is appropriate for anyone providing health information to the general public including public and medical librarians, patient or community educators and healthcare professionals.

Other Items of Interest

Job Postings: 

Call for Applications to the MLA Research Training Institute (RTI) – Apply by December 1 for this week-long residential workshop that provides librarians and library information professionals with the opportunity to work intensively on research design and planning to conduct research, that improves practice and adds to the professional knowledgebase. The workshop will be held in Chicago from July 15–19, 2019.

HHS Awards Over $1 Billion to Combat the Opioid Crisis – The awards support HHS’s Five-Point Opioid Strategy, which was launched last year and enhanced this week.

The Surgeon General’s Spotlight on Opioids – this resource assembles opioid-related information from the Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health into one document to better inform the general public, especially family and friends of people with an elevated risk of opioid overdose, opioid misuse, and/or opioid use disorder. Includes supplementary materials for defining key terms, facts sheets and awareness materials.

Pulling Back the Curtain on the Casualties of Today’s Opioids Crisis – AHRQ Views

Making Connections: Google Dataset Search, the Data Catalog, and Linked Open Data – Data Catalog Collaboration Blog

Have questions about library advocacy? Join the Association of Library Service to Children (ALSC) on October 3 for the Advocacy for Everyone webinar. Library advocates from various states will share their case studies of advocating for libraries on the local, state, and national level. Guests will discuss their top advocacy tips that you can implement into your daily work. This webinar is geared toward library staff who want to more effectively communicate their library’s value to stakeholders, but aren’t sure where to start. Share your questions ahead of time on Twitter with #advocacyFAQ.

Grantseeking for Libraries – offered by WebJunction, this 1-hour, asynchronous course is designed for library professionals, library volunteers, and library development staff to learn the basics about finding grants for the library.

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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Funding Available for ALA Midwinter

Wed, 2018-09-19 11:30

As part of a partnership with the All of Us Research Program, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region is pleased to offer up to 20 Professional Development Awards for library staff to attend ALA Midwinter. Awardees can apply for up to $2000 for registration and travel costs.

  • Eligibility – Library staff in PA, NY, NJ and DE
  • Awards will be made on a cost-reimbursement basis to the attendee’s library.
  • Libraries must be a member of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. Membership is free. Only one Professional Development award will be given per library per year (May 1-April 30).
  • ALA membership is not an allowable expense. If not a member, please budget for the non-member Early Bird rate.
  • Awardees must register for and attend the preconference “Implicit Bias, Health Disparities and Health Literacy” – See details below*
  • Applications are due October 12, 2018 – Decisions will be made in time to register for the Early Bird Rate.

*More about the NNLM Pacific Northwest Region’s ALA Midwinter Preconference:

Implicit Bias, Health Disparities and Health Literacy: Intersections in Health Equity – Friday, January 25, 2019, 9:00 AM-Noon – The purpose of this preconference is to raise awareness of implicit bias’s connection to health equity and to deepen understanding of health literacy as a tool to address health equity within vulnerable communities. The format will include presentations, facilitated table conversations, and self-reflection. Participants will explore how libraries can deepen their work in health literacy to ensure a lasting impact for improving the health of their community. Organizers will provide a packet of useful resources to support health literacy in the library including tools to identify their local communities’ health needs. This preconference is sponsored by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Northwest Region, the Public Library Association, and the ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services. Ticket pricing: ALA Member: $40/50/$60 – Other Member: $40/$50/$60 – Non-Member: $40/$50/$60

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National Preparedness Month: Check Your Coverage

Tue, 2018-09-18 11:00

September is National Preparedness Month (NPM), a reminder to prepare ourselves and our families now and throughout the year. This year’s theme focuses on planning: Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How. Each week of NPM focuses on a specific aspect of the overarching theme, to help individuals, families, communities and organizations consider how they plan and prepare for disasters, and offer opportunities to learn and become involved.

The theme for this week of National Preparedness Month is Check Your Coverage.

Insurance is the first line of defense; check your insurance coverage and review the Document and Insure Property guide.

Flood Insurance allows communities and families to recover more quickly and more fully. Visit Floodsmart.gov to learn more about flood insurance and how to protect your home or business.

Power outages, floods, fires, etc., can damage your physical space and disrupt service to your patrons and clients. Do you have backup plans for your staff and your library if a disaster strikes close to home? Make sure your library or agency is covered in the event of a disaster by:

Is your organization looking to get involved in spreading awareness during NPM, or developing a community program around preparedness? Check out ready.gov for graphics, videos, related web resources, and a plethora of social media content for NPM, in addition to their large selection of toolkits, and even resources for teaching kids about disaster preparedness.

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HSLANJ Fall 2018 Group Licensing Offer

Mon, 2018-09-17 16:40

All medical librarians in a 20-state area including the NNLM’s Middle Atlantic (MAR), Southeastern/Atlantic (SE/A), and New England (NER) Regions are welcome to participate in the technology-sharing, cost-cutting consortium organized by the non-profit Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey’s Group Licensing Initiative (HSLANJ GLI).

The deadline to participate in the Fall offer is Friday, November 9. Due to the online ordering system, no exceptions can be made regarding the deadline. The HSLANJ GLI greatly appreciates and welcomes early orders.

The Fall offer features:

  • 700+ digital resources from 12 academic publishers
  • A cost savings of 15-70% off regular pricing

Please note:

  • If you haven’t participated since last fall, you will notice upgrades to the system. A training session has been recorded and linked to each librarians’ user profile; simply log into CorsortiaManager and click “More > Materials” to access the training.
  • Resources from Springer will be added to the Offer in about a week. They are not currently available due to a programming glitch.

Questions? Please contact Robert T. Mackes (570-856-5952 or robb@hslanj.org).

Founded in 1972, HSLANJ is a non-profit organization which encourages the professional development and advancement of librarianship to improve the quality of library services provided by health care organizations.  To learn more, visit www.hslanj.org.

NNLM MAR members are encouraged to view our regional member services page for more information about extended Member benefits in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware.

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Weekly Postings

Fri, 2018-09-14 12:16

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

Spotlight

September is National Preparedness Month. Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How. This week: Learn Life Saving Skills.

Member Highlights: Let us shine a spotlight on the amazing work you do! NNLM MAR is always interested in learning about health outreach projects and activities that are happening in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Delaware. Share your story with us to receive a Member Highlight on the MARquee!

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

Funding Available: NNLM MAR has funding available for two grants of $19,000. Libraries, community-based organizations, schools, health care providers, and other organizations that provide health programming or services within PA, NY, NJ or DE are eligible to apply. Applications are due October 5, 2018, and award funds must be spent by April 30, 2019. Details.

Connect with MAR: MAR coordinators would love the chance to speak with you in person about your projects, and opportunities for potential partnership! Review our schedule of upcoming conferences and workshops where you can meet and greet with our staff.

Upcoming Training for Health Sciences Library Staff – MARquee News Highlights

New on YouTube: ClinicalTrials.gov: Results Reporting, Unique Evidence & the Role of the Medical Librarian, August 27, 2018

NLM/NIH News

An Oath Grounded in the ConstitutionNLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

NIH Director’s Blog

Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

Talking Hardware and Software with OCCS Director Ivor D’SouzaNLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

PubMed Labs Responsive Web SiteNLM Technical Bulletin, Your Source for the Latest Searching Information

My MedlinePlus: MedlinePlus is retiring topic-specific email updates, but you can still receive all the latest and greatest in consumer health information by subscribing to My MedlinePlus! This weekly newsletter includes information on diseases and conditions, tips on health and wellness, the newest MedlinePlus recipes, and much more!

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

All are webinars, unless noted. Please note that the class registration system requires obtaining an NNLM account prior to registration. Learn how to register for classes from the NTO.

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

Assessing a Community – By The Numbers with Census Data – September 19, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – Sponsored by SCR, this workshop will train participants on using the most relied-on source for detailed, up-to-date socio-economic statistics covering every community in the nation. This forum is designed for organizations that use data for community analysis, grant writing, needs assessment, and planning. With hands on training, attendees will use census.gov tools to gain a better understanding of the Census terms and geography levels, learn differences between 2010 Census for population numbers/basic characteristics, and American Community Survey for social/economic characteristics such as age, household income, poverty status, disability, transportation and housing.

Accessible Library Customer Service – September 19, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Sponsored by MAR, this presentation will provide an overview of disability including appropriate terminology, creating an accessible environment, and evaluating library practices for way-finding, emergency preparedness, and web resources. Other topics include budgeting for accessibility, accessible employment, specific service needs, potential partner organizations, and a plethora of tips and resources for future use.

Planning for Disaster: Partnerships Ensure Continuity of Operations – September 20, 1:30-2:30 PM ET – Sponsored by the Disaster Information Management Resource Center (DIMRC), this presentation will describe steps that libraries can take to develop Continuity of Operations plans to deal with the new reality in disaster preparedness. The development and maintenance of real life collaboration between two military libraries, one federal library, and one local hospital library will be explored in the discussion.

Planning, Developing, and Evaluating R Curriculum at the NIH Library – October 12, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Join MAR for this RDM webinar that will describe a pilot project to evaluate current R training at the NIH Library, and based on an evaluation of the data, revise the library’s R training curriculum. This will include a discussion of the development of a training plan, weekly R check-in sessions, managing documents using Open Science Framework (OSF), and an evaluation of the pilot.

Using Recovery Coaches in Substance Use Disorder Treatment – October 18, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – A Recovery Coach is a person who helps remove the personal and environmental obstacles to recovery, links the newly recovering person to the recovering community and serves as a personal guide and mentor in the management of personal and family recovery. Join NER for this webinar where you will learn what motivational interviewing is and how it aids in the change process and communicates acceptance.

Understanding Grief After an Overdose Death – November 28, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Sponsored by NER, this webinar focuses on the dynamics of grief after a death caused by substance use. It begins with a look at three key questions people bereaved by an overdose death commonly ask themselves: “Why did the person die from an overdose?” “Did the person intend to die?” “Was the death preventable?” It also covers the stigma, stress, and trauma that can come with grief after a death from substance use, and it considers issues that begin to influence survivors’ experience of grief and loss long before a death occurs, such as struggling with a loved one’s addiction and the demands of caring for a chronically ill person.

Understanding the Opioid Crisis: Where do I begin? – November 28, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – An estimated 1.9 million people in the U.S. have a prescription opioid use disorder, while another 586,000 have a heroin use disorder. Sponsored by MAR, this class will help you to understand what addiction and opioids are and where you can find authoritative information to understand this complex epidemic. Participants will learn about many resources and explore ideas for their use in community outreach education and programs. This class is appropriate for anyone providing health information to the general public including public and medical librarians, patient or community educators and healthcare professionals.

New Classes On-Demand! EvalBasics 1-4 – Looking for more asynchronous learning? Try this four-part series on basic evaluation methods for community and user assessment, project and evaluation planning, and basic data collection and evaluation techniques. This series is especially useful to those who are responsible for designing and implementing evaluation of projects or services. Each class is self-paced, takes approximately one hour to complete, and is worth 1 Medical Library Association CE, so a total of four credits is possible for the entire EvalBasics series.

Other Items of Interest

Job Posting: Clinical Medical Librarian, University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Health Sciences Library, Kansas City, MO

Realizing Simulation’s Potential to Improve Health Care Delivery – AHRQ Views

DCCP Metadata + Basic Science – Data Catalog Collaboration Blog

Can Capturing More Detailed Data Advance Health Equity? – Culture of Health Blog, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Have questions about library advocacy? Join the Association of Library Service to Children (ALSC) on October 3 for the Advocacy for Everyone webinar. Library advocates from various states will share their case studies of advocating for libraries on the local, state, and national level. Guests will discuss their top advocacy tips that you can implement into your daily work. This webinar is geared toward library staff who want to more effectively communicate their library’s value to stakeholders, but aren’t sure where to start. Share your questions ahead of time on Twitter with #advocacyFAQ.

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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Upcoming Training for Health Sciences Library Staff

Wed, 2018-09-12 11:00

Did you know that you can get free training from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine right from your desktop? Nearly every day, there is a new webinar from NNLM or the National Library of Medicine. Other classes are available through Moodle. Since webinars are available nationally, make sure to take note of time zones. Some upcoming classes that may be of interest to health sciences library staff include:

  • Clinical Information, Librarians and the NLM: From Health Data Standards to Better Health – This interactive webinar series focuses on the roles and products of the National Library of Medicine related to applied medical informatics, particularly as applied to electronic health records systems and clinical research. Sessions are held weekly on Thursdays through October 4, from 12:00-12:40 PM ET.
  • PubMed for Librarians – PubMed for Librarians is made up of six 90-minute segments. These six segments will be presented via WebEx and recorded for archival access. Each segment is meant to be a stand-alone module designed for each user to determine how many and in what sequence they attend. Register for the next live session (part 4) coming up on September 19 from 2:00-3:30 PM ET, or watch a recording.
  • Accessible Library Customer Service – September 19, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Gain knowledge and tools to provide accessible customer service in your library by joining us for this one-hour webinar! This presentation will give an overview of disability including appropriate terminology, creating an accessible environment, and evaluating current practices for way-finding, emergency preparedness, and web resources. Other topics include budgeting for accessibility, accessible employment, specific service needs, potential partner organizations, and a plethora of tips and resources for future use.
  • ClinicalTrials.gov – September 26, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – This presentation will help you learn how to navigate the site and understand the nuances and limitations of information available on ClinicalTrials.gov.
  • NNLM Research Data Management Webinar Series – The NNLM Research Data Management (RDM) webinar series is a collaborative, bimonthly series intended to increase awareness of RDM topics and resources. The series aims to support RDM within the library to better serve librarians and their institutional communities. The next webinar in this series, Planning, Developing, and Evaluating R Curriculum at the NIH Library, is coming up on October 12 from 2:00-3:00 PM ET.
  • LinkOut for LibrariesNovember 1, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – LinkOut for Libraries provides journal access to PubMed users. Join us for an informational webinar to learn more about this service from the National Library of Medicine. Erin Latta, from the National DOCLINE Coordination Office, will lead this webinar.

In addition to scheduled courses, NNLM has a number of “on-demand” self-paced classes via Moodle, such as:

Most webinars are recorded, so you are encouraged to register for a session of interest, even if you cannot make the live webinar. To register for classes, you just need to create an account.

You can find additional opportunities on our training schedule.

The best way to find out about upcoming trainings, NLM updates and other information from the Network is to subscribe to MAR Weekly Postings, which come out on Fridays.

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National Preparedness Month: Learn Life Saving Skills

Mon, 2018-09-10 16:09

September is National Preparedness Month (NPM), a reminder to prepare ourselves and our families now and throughout the year. This year’s theme focuses on planning: Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How. Each week of NPM focuses on a specific aspect of the overarching theme, to help individuals, families, communities and organizations consider how they plan and prepare for disasters, and offer opportunities to learn and become involved.

The theme for this week of National Preparedness Month is Learn Life Saving Skills.

The first person on the scene is the first responder, even if they are not a professional. Don’t find yourself unprepared for this role! There are several ways to learn basic lifesaving skills:

Are you already a trained medical responder? Take a look at resources for first aid and other live-saving skills in Disaster Lit®. You may be able to earn continuing education (CE) credit while renewing your skills.

What other kinds of lifesaving skills can make a difference in disasters? Protect your home and your family by learning:

Is your organization looking to get involved in spreading awareness during NPM, or developing a community program around preparedness? Check out ready.gov for graphics, videos, related web resources, and a plethora of social media content for NPM, in addition to their large selection of toolkits, and even resources for teaching kids about disaster preparedness.

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Weekly Postings

Fri, 2018-09-07 11:17

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

Spotlight

Funding Available: NNLM MAR has funding available for two grants of $19,000. Libraries, community-based organizations, schools, health care providers, and other organizations that provide health programming or services within PA, NY, NJ or DE are eligible to apply. Applications are due October 5, 2018, and award funds must be spent by April 30, 2019. Details.

September is National Preparedness Month. Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How. This week: Make and Practice Your Plan.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

Connect with MAR: MAR coordinators would love the chance to speak with you in person about your projects, and opportunities for potential partnership! Review our schedule of upcoming conferences and workshops where you can meet and greet with our staff.

Applications Open: Biomedical and Health Research Data Management Training for Librarians – NTO News

Native Voices: An Exercise in History; Collaboration and Fun – Midwest Matters, from GMR

Suicide Prevention Awareness Day, Week, and Month – Blogadillo, News from SCR

New on YouTube: Health Statistics on the Web, August 24, 2018

NLM/NIH News

How much does it cost to keep data?NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

NIH Director’s Blog

Finding Hope: A Woman’s Place is in the LabCirculating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

Wash, Rinse, Dry—and Fold in LearningNLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

2018 Recovery Month Toolkit: Each September, SAMHSA sponsors National Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders, and to celebrate individuals living in recovery. The Toolkit and PSAs can be used to organize events, issue proclamations, and increase public awareness. Learn more about Recovery Month 2018 and how you can get involved.

NIH News in Health: Check out the September 2018 issue of NIH News in Health, featuring, “Breathe Easier: Dealing with Bad Air Quality,” and, “Smelling Sickness: Body Odor May Be Sign of Disease”. Other topics include preventing lead exposure, weight loss to help knee arthritis, kidney disease studies, and safe disposal of prescription drugs.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

All are webinars, unless noted. Please note that the class registration system requires obtaining an NNLM account prior to registration. Learn how to register for classes from the NTO.

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

Getting Started with Information Outreach in Your Community: An Introduction – September 13, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Sponsored by GMR, this class will provide a background in cultural competence and outreach skills for librarians who want to initiate outreach programs for underserved, underrepresented minority populations in their communities. Topics to be covered include locating community demographics, the importance of developing relationships, the basics of building and developing community-based partnerships, recognition and acceptance of cultural differences, and the importance of cultural competency.

Assessing a Community – By The Numbers with Census Data – September 19, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – Sponsored by SCR, this workshop will train participants on using the most relied-on source for detailed, up-to-date socio-economic statistics covering every community in the nation. This forum is designed for organizations that use data for community analysis, grant writing, needs assessment, and planning. With hands on training, attendees will use census.gov tools to gain a better understanding of the Census terms and geography levels, learn differences between 2010 Census for population numbers/basic characteristics, and American Community Survey for social/economic characteristics such as age, household income, poverty status, disability, transportation and housing.

Accessible Library Customer Service – September 19, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Sponsored by MAR, this presentation will provide an overview of disability including appropriate terminology, creating an accessible environment, and evaluating library practices for way-finding, emergency preparedness, and web resources. Other topics include budgeting for accessibility, accessible employment, specific service needs, potential partner organizations, and a plethora of tips and resources for future use.

Planning for Disaster: Partnerships Ensure Continuity of Operations – September 20, 1:30-2:30 PM ET – Sponsored by the Disaster Information Management Resource Center (DIMRC), this presentation will describe steps that libraries can take to develop Continuity of Operations plans to deal with the new reality in disaster preparedness. The development and maintenance of real life collaboration between two military libraries, one federal library, and one local hospital library will be explored in the discussion.

Planning, Developing, and Evaluating R Curriculum at the NIH Library – October 12, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Join MAR for this RDM webinar that will describe a pilot project to evaluate current R training at the NIH Library, and based on an evaluation of the data, revise the library’s R training curriculum. This will include a discussion of the development of a training plan, weekly R check-in sessions, managing documents using Open Science Framework (OSF), and an evaluation of the pilot.

Using Recovery Coaches in Substance Use Disorder Treatment – October 18, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – A Recovery Coach is a person who helps remove the personal and environmental obstacles to recovery, links the newly recovering person to the recovering community and serves as a personal guide and mentor in the management of personal and family recovery. Join NER for this webinar where you will learn what motivational interviewing is and how it aids in the change process and communicates acceptance.

New Classes On-Demand! EvalBasics 1-4 – Looking for more asynchronous learning? Try this four-part series on basic evaluation methods for community and user assessment, project and evaluation planning, and basic data collection and evaluation techniques. This series is especially useful to those who are responsible for designing and implementing evaluation of projects or services. Each class is self-paced, takes approximately one hour to complete, and is worth 1 Medical Library Association CE, so a total of four credits is possible for the entire EvalBasics series.

Other Items of Interest

Job Postings:

Year in Review – HHS Blog

Nominate a Research Topic For an AHRQ Evidence Review – To support evidence-based decision-making, AHRQ’s Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) Program is seeking topic nominations for upcoming evidence reviews. AHRQ’s network of EPCs reviews relevant scientific literature on a wide spectrum of clinical and health services topics. Nominations received by the September 21 deadline will be considered among research projects in fiscal year 2019. Nominations will be reviewed according to selection criteria. Preferred nominations will be those with high potential to impact clinical practice and health outcomes. Email epc@ahrq.hhs.gov for questions.

HealthyNJ to be Retired – The website, HealthyNJ, will be officially retired on September 15, 2018, after almost 20 years of service to New Jersey’s health care consumers and libraries. For quality consumer health information, try MedlinePlus.

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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National Preparedness Month: Make and Practice Your Plan

Tue, 2018-09-04 10:02

September is National Preparedness Month (NPM), a reminder to prepare ourselves and our families now and throughout the year. This year’s theme focuses on planning: Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How. Each week of NPM focuses on a specific aspect of the overarching theme, to help individuals, families, communities and organizations consider how they plan and prepare for disasters, and offer opportunities to learn and become involved.

The first weekly theme this National Preparedness Month is Make and Practice Your Plan.

Ready.gov provides tips for putting together your family/household plan. Don’t forget to plan for your pets, property, and critical documents. Commuters should also have a plan in case a disaster occurs while they are traveling between work and home.

At the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Preparedness Month also means that responders and healthcare workers should review and update their plans. Responders can start by packing their Digital Go Bag. Save valuable time with tools on your laptop or smart device for responder safety, surveillance and alerts, psychological health, and medical and health information.

Pro tip: internet access may be slow or nonexistent in a disaster. Check the offline functionality of your apps ahead of time by turning on Airplane mode on your device.

Is your organization building or revising its disaster playbook? You will find over 3,000 exercises and plans in the Disaster Lit® database.

If your plan is up to date, learn how NLM is developing virtual reality tools to plan and run collaborative exercises and training.

There are two webinars this week of interest:

Is your organization looking to get involved in spreading awareness during NPM, or developing a community program around preparedness? Check out ready.gov for graphics, videos, related web resources, and a plethora of social media content for NPM, in addition to their large selection of toolkits, and even resources for teaching kids about disaster preparedness.

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Connect with MAR at an Upcoming Conference

Mon, 2018-09-03 08:00

MAR coordinators would love the chance to speak with you in person about your projects, and opportunities for potential partnership! Below are details on conferences and workshops where you could have the chance to meet and greet with our staff through the end of this year. If you have additional questions or would like to know about other in-person events, please contact us.

MAR at Bethel Park Public Library – Education & Health Literacy Coordinator Michelle Burda will present, “Engage for Health: Learn How to Improve Communication with your Doctor,” on September 11 at the Bethel Park Public Library in Pittsburgh, PA.

NNLM at the 3rd National Joint Conference of Librarians of Color All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator Veronica Leigh Milliner will be attending the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color (JCLC) in Albuquerque, NM, taking place September 26-30. Several current and former NNLM staff will be presenting a pre-conference entitled, “Transforming Communities through Health Outreach and Programming”. View the JCLC conference page for details and registration.

MAR at Stony Brook University – Education & Health Literacy Coordinator Michelle Burda will be sharing information about NLM resources at the Stony Brook University Health Sciences Library’s HealthTech Fair on September 26 in Stony Brook, NY.

MAR at the New York State Association for Rural Health – Health Professions Coordinator Erin Seger will be presenting, “Trusted Resources to Support Rural Health Initiatives” in Cortland, NY on September 27-28, for the New York State Association for Rural Health (NYSARH) Annual Conference. View the NYSARH conference page for details and registration.

MAR at North Shore Public Library – On September 28, Education & Health Literacy Coordinator Michelle Burda will present on the Go4Life Program from the National Institute on Aging at the North Shore Public Library in Brookhaven, NY.

MAR at Wilkinsburg Public Library All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator Veronica Leigh Milliner will be at the Wilkinsburg Public Library Community Health Fair on October 13 in Pittsburgh, PA. She will be providing information about the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network and demonstrations of health information resources for the public.

MAR at the Pennsylvania Library Association – Academic Coordinator Elaina Vitale will present “National Library of Medicine Resources for Citizen Scientists” for the Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA) Conference on October 17 in Harrisburg, PA. View the PaLA conference page for details and registration.

MAR at the NY/NJ Chapter of the Medical Library Association – Executive Director Kate Flewelling will provide an NNLM Update on October 24 at SUNY College of Optometry for the 69th Annual NY/NJ MLA chapter meeting. View the NY/NJ event page for details and registration.

MAR at the Documents Association of New Jersey – On October 26, Academic Coordinator Elaina Vitale will present, “Collaboration and Innovation: NNLM’s Nationwide Online Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon” to the Documents Association of New Jersey in Trenton, NJ.

MAR at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator Veronica Leigh Milliner will be joining the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Woods Run branch for a day of Health and Wellness on October 27 in Pittsburgh, PA. She will present on the All of Us Research Program along with partners from the All of Us Pennsylvania program.

MAR at the New York Library Association – On November 7, All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator Veronica Leigh Milliner will present on the All of Us Research Program and Public Libraries at the New York Library Association (NYLA) Pre-Conference in Rochester, NY. Executive Director Kate Flewelling, Program Lead Renae Barger and Health Programming Coordinator Michael Balkenhol will assist with the pre-conference. Visit the NYLA pre-conference page for more information.

MAR at the Upstate New York and Ontario Chapter of the Medical Library Association – Education & Health Literacy Coordinator Michelle Burda will provide an NNLM Update on November 15 in Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON for the Upstate New York and Ontario Chapter (UNYOC) of MLA annual meeting. View the UNYOC event page for details and registration.

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Weekly Postings

Fri, 2018-08-31 14:09

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

Spotlight

Funding Available: NNLM MAR has funding available for two grants of $19,000. Libraries, community-based organizations, schools, health care providers, and other organizations that provide health programming or services within PA, NY, NJ or DE are eligible to apply. Applications are due October 5, 2018, and award funds must be spent by April 30, 2019. Details.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

MAR offices will be closed on Monday, September 3 for Labor Day.

New MAR Staff: As of August 27, Michael Balkenhol is MAR’s new Health Programming Coordinator. In this re-imagined position, Michael has primary responsibility for creating and sharing health information “programs in a box” for K-12, public library and community based organizations. Michael is also the Project Lead for the National Initiative with the Collaborative Summer Library Program. He is MAR’s liaison to K-12 audiences and works with Veronica Milliner on outreach to public libraries. Michael is coming to us after a decade at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, where he was a children’s and teen librarian. He is an expert at creating inclusive, quality programs in libraries, schools and community-settings. We are very excited for him to join us! You can contact Michael at MAB602@pitt.edu.

Applications Open: Biomedical and Health Research Data Management Training for Librarians – NTO News

New on YouTube: Health Statistics on the Web, August 24, 2018

NLM/NIH News

When September Doesn’t Mean Back to SchoolNLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

A Scientist Who Bends Musical NotesNIH Director’s Blog

The Tomatoes of AugustCirculating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

Three easy questions. Three surprising NLM answers. – NLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

2018 Recovery Month Toolkit: Each September, SAMHSA sponsors National Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders, and to celebrate individuals living in recovery. The Toolkit and PSAs can be used to organize events, issue proclamations, and increase public awareness. Learn more about Recovery Month 2018 and how you can get involved.

New MedlinePlus Health Topics: NLM has announced four new MedlinePlus health topic pages on opioids: Safe Opioid Use, Opioid Abuse and Addiction Treatment, Opioid Overdose, and Pregnancy and Opioids.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

All are webinars, unless noted. Please note that the class registration system requires obtaining an NNLM account prior to registration. Learn how to register for classes from the NTO.

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

How to Save a Life – Administering Naloxone 101 – September 5, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Sponsored by NER, this session will show you how it is possible to effectively recognize and respond to an opioid overdose and successfully administer naloxone, the opioid overdose antidote. Distributing naloxone to laypersons has resulted in thousands of overdose reversals and many saved lives. This webinar will provide a live demonstration of how to administer naloxone, and discuss where you can acquire this life-saving drug.

Clinical Information, Librarians and the NLM: From Health Data Standards to Better Health – September 6, 12:00-12:40 PM ET – Register for this five-part interactive webinar series that focuses on the roles and products of the National Library of Medicine related to applied medical informatics, particularly as applied to electronic health records systems and clinical research. The series is specially designed for health sciences librarians and other health information specialists seeking to serve more active roles in their health IT team and better support researchers. This first session will touch on terminology standards, including the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) and its vocabularies (including ICD-10, SNOMED CT, RxNorm, and LOINC), and tools such as the Value Set Authority Center (VSAC) and the Common Data Elements (CDE).

Assessing a Community – By The Numbers with Census Data – September 19, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – Sponsored by SCR, this workshop will train participants on using the most relied-on source for detailed, up-to-date socio-economic statistics covering every community in the nation. This forum is designed for organizations that use data for community analysis, grant writing, needs assessment, and planning. With hands on training, attendees will use census.gov tools to gain a better understanding of the Census terms and geography levels, learn differences between 2010 Census for population numbers/basic characteristics, and American Community Survey for social/economic characteristics such as age, household income, poverty status, disability, transportation and housing.

Accessible Library Customer Service – September 19, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Sponsored by MAR, this presentation will provide an overview of disability including appropriate terminology, creating an accessible environment, and evaluating library practices for way-finding, emergency preparedness, and web resources. Other topics include budgeting for accessibility, accessible employment, specific service needs, potential partner organizations, and a plethora of tips and resources for future use.

Planning for Disaster: Partnerships Ensure Continuity of Operations – September 20, 1:30-2:30 PM ET – Sponsored by the Disaster Information Management Resource Center (DIMRC), this presentation will describe steps that libraries can take to develop Continuity of Operations plans to deal with the new reality in disaster preparedness. The development and maintenance of real life collaboration between two military libraries, one federal library, and one local hospital library will be explored in the discussion.

Using Recovery Coaches in Substance Use Disorder Treatment – October 18, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – A Recovery Coach is a person who helps remove the personal and environmental obstacles to recovery, links the newly recovering person to the recovering community and serves as a personal guide and mentor in the management of personal and family recovery. Join NER for this webinar where you will learn what motivational interviewing is and how it aids in the change process and communicates acceptance.

New Classes On-Demand! EvalBasics 1-4 – Looking for more asynchronous learning? Beginning September 1, try this four-part series on basic evaluation methods for community and user assessment, project and evaluation planning, and basic data collection and evaluation techniques. This series is especially useful to those who are responsible for designing and implementing evaluation of projects or services. Each class is self-paced, takes approximately one hour to complete, and is worth 1 Medical Library Association CE, so a total of four credits is possible for the entire EvalBasics series.

Other Items of Interest

Job Posting: Instruction and Outreach Librarian, Grace Library at Carlow University, Pittsburgh, PA

Nominate a Research Topic For an AHRQ Evidence Review – To support evidence-based decision-making, AHRQ’s Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) Program is seeking topic nominations for upcoming evidence reviews. AHRQ’s network of EPCs reviews relevant scientific literature on a wide spectrum of clinical and health services topics. Nominations received by the September 21 deadline will be considered among research projects in fiscal year 2019. Nominations will be reviewed according to selection criteria. Preferred nominations will be those with high potential to impact clinical practice and health outcomes. Email epc@ahrq.hhs.gov for questions.

HealthyNJ to be Retired – The website, HealthyNJ, will be officially retired on September 15, 2018, after almost 20 years of service to New Jersey’s health care consumers and libraries. For quality consumer health information, try MedlinePlus.

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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Did you miss the first round of MAR funding? Apply now for $19,000

Thu, 2018-08-30 13:00

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region, a health information outreach program funded by the National Library of Medicine, has funding for two grants of $19,000. Libraries, community-based organizations, schools, health care providers, and other organizations that provide health programming or services within PA, NY, NJ or DE are eligible to apply. Applications are due October 5, 2018, and award funds must be spent by April 30, 2019.

Applications for funding less than $15,000 will not be considered at this time.

Projects can fall under one of these categories:

  • Clinical and Public Health Outreach Award: Projects that enhance clinicians’ and public health workers’ abilities to find and use biomedical and health information in practice and for patient education.
  • Outreach to Consumers Award: Projects that improve health information literacy and increase the ability for patients, family members, students and members of the general public to find and use health information.
  • Health Sciences Library Project Award: Projects that support health sciences librarians as conduits of information management, access, and delivery within their institution and/or outreach community.
  • Health Literacy Project Award: Projects that promote a culture of health literacy within the organization.

Potential applicants are encouraged to review the above RFPs and watch a one hour recorded webinar on writing applications for NNLM MAR funding. Additional questions may be sent to nnlmmar@pitt.edu.

Stay tuned: Another round of funding opportunities will be announced soon to encourage proposals from public libraries or involving public library partnerships!

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Weekly Postings

Fri, 2018-08-24 10:36

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

Spotlight

Member Highlights: Southwest PA Area Health Education Center, Pittsburgh, PA – learn about this AHEC’s amazing program that collaborates with community health centers, public libraries and other community-focused organizations to address the broader, unmet social health needs of their patients or patrons. Has your organization developed a similar program? Share your story with us to receive a Member Highlight on the MARquee!

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

MAR Executive Director Kate Flewelling was interviewed for an NLM in Focus article about the 2007-2008 NLM Associate Fellow cohort.

Applications Open: Biomedical and Health Research Data Management Training for Librarians – NTO News

Happy Birthday National Park Service! – The Dragonfly, News from the Northwest and Beyond, by PNR

Just Remember to ALGEE: The SCR Team Learns Mental Health First Aid – Blogadillo, News from SCR

New on YouTube: A Person-Center Approach for Addressing SDOH in the Community, August 21, 2018

NLM/NIH News

Imagine our future…and help make it happenNLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

NIH Director’s Blog

Revealing Data: The Psychological Clinic Explores IQ in 1911Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

2018 Recovery Month Toolkit: Each September, SAMHSA sponsors National Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders, and to celebrate individuals living in recovery. The Toolkit and PSAs can be used to organize events, issue proclamations, and increase public awareness. Learn more about Recovery Month 2018 and how you can get involved.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

All are webinars, unless noted. Please note that the class registration system requires obtaining an NNLM account prior to registration. Learn how to register for classes from the NTO.

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

Registration closing soon! ClinicalTrials.gov: Results Reporting, Unique Evidence & the Role of the Medical Librarian – August 27, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – ClinicalTrials.gov is the openly available federal registry and results database of clinical studies conducted in the United States and around the world. ClinicalTrials.gov is a vital resource for researchers, healthcare providers, and health sciences librarians who wish to consult the entire body of evidence on any particular topic. Sponsored by MAR, this one hour webinar will introduce the significance of ClinicalTrials.gov, teach participants how to search and interpret the results database, and share how librarians can advocate to researchers the importance of complying with federal results submission requirements.

How to Save a Life – Administering Naloxone 101 – September 5, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Sponsored by NER, this session will show you how it is possible to effectively recognize and respond to an opioid overdose and successfully administer naloxone, the opioid overdose antidote. Distributing naloxone to laypersons has resulted in thousands of overdose reversals and many saved lives. This webinar will provide a live demonstration of how to administer naloxone, and discuss where you can acquire this life-saving drug.

Clinical Information, Librarians and the NLM: From Health Data Standards to Better Health – September 6, 12:00-12:40 PM ET – Register for this five-part interactive webinar series that focuses on the roles and products of the National Library of Medicine related to applied medical informatics, particularly as applied to electronic health records systems and clinical research. The series is specially designed for health sciences librarians and other health information specialists seeking to serve more active roles in their health IT team and better support researchers. This first session will touch on terminology standards, including the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) and its vocabularies (including ICD-10, SNOMED CT, RxNorm, and LOINC), and tools such as the Value Set Authority Center (VSAC) and the Common Data Elements (CDE).

Accessible Library Customer Service – September 19, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Sponsored by MAR, this presentation will provide an overview of disability including appropriate terminology, creating an accessible environment, and evaluating library practices for way-finding, emergency preparedness, and web resources. Other topics include budgeting for accessibility, accessible employment, specific service needs, potential partner organizations, and a plethora of tips and resources for future use.

Using Recovery Coaches in Substance Use Disorder Treatment – October 18, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – A Recovery Coach is a person who helps remove the personal and environmental obstacles to recovery, links the newly recovering person to the recovering community and serves as a personal guide and mentor in the management of personal and family recovery. Join NER for this webinar where you will learn what motivational interviewing is and how it aids in the change process and communicates acceptance.

New Classes On-Demand! Serving Diverse Communities – Looking for more asynchronous learning? Try this three-part series of online trainings about accessing health information resources related to working with diverse communities. Each training session is offered individually, and attendees can choose to participate in one or all sessions. The trainings are offered on-demand and can be completed in one sitting or over several sessions. Each training session will offer 1 hour of MLA CE upon completion.

Other Items of Interest

Job Postings:

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, 2018-08-17 05:00

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

Spotlight

Member Highlights: Southwest PA Area Health Education Center, Pittsburgh, PA – learn about this AHEC’s amazing program that collaborates with community health centers, public libraries and other community-focused organizations to address the broader, unmet social health needs of their patients or patrons. Has your organization developed a similar program? Share your story with us to receive a Member Highlight on the MARquee!

It’s Back to School time! NNLM has numerous training opportunities for library staff and others who want to increase their ability to do health programming and provide health information. Many classes are eligible for Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS).

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

The next round of PubMed for Librarians begins August 29. Register for any (or all) of the PML classes to learn more about PubMed and enhance your searching skills!

New on YouTube: NNLM Resource Picks – Environmental Health & Toxicology, July 25, 2018

NLM/NIH News

Happy anniversary to me!NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

What do you get when the world’s largest medical library and the world’s largest encyclopedia meet up? – NLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

From Juggling to BiomechanicsNIH Director’s Blog

Revealing Data: Why We Need Humans to Curate Web CollectionsCirculating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

NIH News in Health: Check out the August 2018 issue of NIH News in Health, featuring, “Bionic Movements: Connecting Mind and Machine,” and “Care Connection: Loneliness Affects All Ages”. Other topics in this edition include preventing shingles, caring for concussions, and palliative care.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

All are webinars, unless noted. Please note that the class registration system requires obtaining an NNLM account prior to registration. Learn how to register for classes from the NTO.

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

Registration closing soon! Connections4Health: A Person-Center Approach for Addressing SDOH in the Community – August 21, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Join this MAR webinar to learn about Connections4Health from Program Director Mike Bowersox. Connections4Health is a Southwest PA Area Health Education Center (AHEC) program designed to partner with community health centers and community-focused organizations to address the broader, unmet social health needs of their patients or patrons, such as food security, housing and employment. Rooted in a person-centered philosophy, C4H recruits, trains, and mentors college student volunteers (Community Health Fellows) to work collaboratively with people, helping them bridge the gaps that exist between basic needs and health.

Health Information in Public Libraries: Study Results – August 21, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by GMR, Professor Catherine Arnott Smith, of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will present some of the most interesting findings from two studies of public library workers and health information that she’s conducted since 2015. The first was a national survey conducted in collaboration with researchers at the Specialized Information Services Unit of the National Library of Medicine, focused on challenges for public libraries during Affordable Care Act signups. The second study, conducted in 2018 with funding from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, involved focus groups with library workers from all sizes of public libraries nationwide, talking about challenges and opportunities that arise around health information in the public library space.

Health Statistics on the Web – August 24, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by MAR, this course focuses on the location, selection, and effective use of statistics relevant to health on the local, state, national, and international levels. Participants will have the opportunity to become familiar with the features and scope of several statistics Internet resources through the use of numerous exercises. This course offers 1 MLA CE and has been approved by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing for 1 CECH for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES).

ClinicalTrials.gov: Results Reporting, Unique Evidence & the Role of the Medical Librarian – August 27, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – ClinicalTrials.gov is the openly available federal registry and results database of clinical studies conducted in the United States and around the world. ClinicalTrials.gov is a vital resource for researchers, healthcare providers, and health sciences librarians who wish to consult the entire body of evidence on any particular topic. Sponsored by MAR, this one hour webinar will introduce the significance of ClinicalTrials.gov, teach participants how to search and interpret the results database, and share how librarians can advocate to researchers the importance of complying with federal results submission requirements.

Accessible Library Customer Service – September 19, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Sponsored by MAR, this presentation will provide an overview of disability including appropriate terminology, creating an accessible environment, and evaluating library practices for way-finding, emergency preparedness, and web resources. Other topics include budgeting for accessibility, accessible employment, specific service needs, potential partner organizations, and a plethora of tips and resources for future use.

New Classes On-Demand! Serving Diverse Communities – Looking for more asynchronous learning? Try this three-part series of online trainings about accessing health information resources related to working with diverse communities. Each training session is offered individually, and attendees can choose to participate in one or all sessions. The trainings are offered on-demand and can be completed in one sitting or over several sessions. Each training session will offer 1 hour of MLA CE upon completion.

Other Items of Interest

Job Postings:

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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Free continuing education for public library staff

Thu, 2018-08-16 13:32

Are you a public library staff member? Are you looking for health programming ideas? Do want to improve your ability to respond to health information requests? The National Network of Libraries of Medicine provides free online training. Some of the courses may even qualify for continuing education credit that can be applied to the Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS). Here are some of NNLM’s upcoming online education opportunities with topics of interest for public libraries.  Unless noted, these trainings are delivered via webinar. Please note time zones. Be sure to sign up early, as some online classes do have a cap and fill quickly.

Connections4Health: A Person-Center Approach for Addressing Social Determinants of Health in the Community

Aug 21, 2018  12:00PM – 1:00PM ET NNLM MAR  MLA CE Credit Available

Connections4Health is a Southwest PA Area Health Education Center (AHEC) program designed to partner with community health centers and community-focused organizations to address the broader, unmet social health needs of their patients or patrons, such as food security, housing and employment.

Health Information in Public Libraries: Study Results

Aug 21, 2018 2:00PM – 3:00PM CT  NNLM GMR MLA CE Credit Available

Professor Catherine Arnott Smith, of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will present some of the most interesting findings from two studies of public library workers and health information that she’s conducted since 2015.

NNLM Journal Club: Graphic Medicine

Aug 23, 2018 2:00PM – 3:00PM ET NNLM SEA MLA CE Credit Available

Join us as we discuss Graphic Medicine and what it means for medical librarians and information professionals.

How to Save a Life – Administering Naloxone 101

Sep 5, 2018 1:00PM – 2:00PM ET NNLM NER MLA CE Credit Available

This session will show you how it is possible to effectively recognize and respond to an opioid overdose and successfully administer naloxone, the opioid overdose antidote.

Getting Started with Information Outreach in Your Community: An Introduction

Sep 13, 2018 2:00PM – 3:00PM CT NNLM GMR Eligible for CHIS CE

This class will provide a background in cultural competence and outreach skills as librarians make outreach efforts to underserved, underrepresented minority populations in their community. The goal of this course is to offer concrete ideas to enable librarians to initiate outreach programs with these populations.

Assessing a Community – By The Numbers with Census Data

Sep 19, 2018 10:00AM – 11:00AM CT NNLM SCR MLA CE Credit Available

This workshop will train participants on using the most relied-on source for detailed, up-to-date socio-economic statistics covering every community in the nation. This forum is designed for organizations that use data for community analysis, grant writing, needs assessment, and planning.

Accessible Library Customer Service

Sep 19, 2018 1:00PM – 2:00PM ET NNLM MAR MLA CE Credit Available

Gain knowledge and tools to provide accessible customer service in your library by joining us for this one-hour webinar! This presentation will give an overview of disability including appropriate terminology, creating an accessible environment, and evaluating current practices for way-finding, emergency preparedness, and web resources.

Stand Up for Health: Health and Wellness Services for Your Community

Oct 29, 2018 to Dec 2, 2018 (4 week class via Moodle) NNLM GMR Eligible for CHIS CE

This course is designed to provide public library staff with the foundation (or a refresher) of health and wellness reference, programming, and outreach for their communities.

Food for Thought: Exploring Nutrition Information Resources

Nov 5, 2018 to Nov 30, 2018 (self-paced class via Moodle) NNLM GMR  Eligible for CHIS CE

This class is designed to assist librarians, public health workers, health professionals, and the general public in locating authoritative information on nutrition and topics relating to nutrition.

New Horizons for NLM Traveling Exhibitions

Nov 14, 2018 1:00PM – 2:00PM PT NNLM PNR

NLM offers a wide variety of health information resources that are available to the public. Beginning in the Fall of 2019, host venues will be required to engage with and promote NLM health information resources during their hosting of one of our traveling exhibitions.

Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library

Dec 3, 2018 to Jan 6, 2019 (4 week class via Moodle) NNLM SEA Eligible for CHIS CE

This hands-on class will cover the health information seeking behavior of consumers and the role of the librarian in the provision of health information for the public. Come learn about the evolution of consumer health, health literacy and the e-patient.

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Resources for National Breastfeeding Month

Wed, 2018-08-15 08:00

August is National Breastfeeding Month. The National Library of Medicine (NLM) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) support and maintain many diverse resources that include breastfeeding and lactation topics, to help new mothers learn about the benefits and potential risks involved in breastfeeding their babies. Below are just a few resources to get started. Looking for more information on this topic? Contact us to set up a consultation or training for your professional group!

  • MedlinePlus Health Topic: Breastfeeding – from NLM’s premiere consumer health resources, explore information on breastfeeding, from introductory information to more specifically related health conditions, statistics, and journal articles. Looking for information on Breastfeeding in multiple languages? MedlinePlus has information on this topic in 14 different languages!
  • Breastfeeding vs. Formula Feeding – Through the Medical Encyclopedia on MedlinePlus, learn about the benefits of breastfeeding for both infant and mother’s health, how to prepare for breastfeeding, how breastfeeding works, health and safety issues that may be experienced during breastfeeding, and how to bottle feed a baby.  An article is also available on Overcoming breastfeeding problems.
  • LactMed® – a TOXNET database – this resource contains information on drugs and other chemicals to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed. It includes information on the levels of such substances in breast milk and infant blood, and the possible adverse effects in the nursing infant. Suggested therapeutic alternatives to those drugs are provided, where appropriate.
  • From the Office on Women’s Health – this resource includes health benefits and challenges of breastfeeding, frequently asked questions, fact sheets, and tips and tricks for breastfeeding on the go, or pumping and storing breast milk for later.

Have you created or hosted a program for National Breastfeeding Month that you would like to share? Tell us about it to receive a Member Highlight on the MARquee!

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Member Highlights: Southwest PA Area Health Education Center, Pittsburgh, PA

Mon, 2018-08-13 08:00

NNLM MAR is pleased to share successes of health outreach projects and activities in our region. Learn what your amazing colleagues are doing to increase access to quality health information for the communities they serve.

Connections4Health

Connections4Health is a program from the Southwest Pennsylvania Area Health Education Center (AHEC) designed to collaborate with community health centers, public libraries and other community-focused organizations to address the broader, unmet social health needs of their patients or patrons. These unmet needs may include food security, employment, housing, or utility assistance. The project began in 2013 when a public health student and AmeriCorps member working at the Birmingham Clinic in Pittsburgh noticed a need to address the social health as well as medical needs of patients during their visit.

With the Birmingham Clinic as their initial site, Connections4Health recruited student volunteers, called Community Health Fellows, and began building a database of social service organization from which they could refer patients for support with their individual needs. Rooted in a person-centered philosophy, C4H has two broad goals as its foundation: (1) to help and empower marginalized populations in underserved neighborhoods access the services they need to live healthier; and (2) provide the next generation of health professionals with the tools and experiences to consider the social and environmental context that influences their patients’ health and wellbeing.

A 2015 study showed that individuals who have unmet social needs also have higher rates of physical health conditions such as diabetes and hypertension, and more frequent visits to the emergency room.1 By actively focusing on the social health needs of people with respect to where they live, learn, work, and play, and connecting people with the resources that address unmet needs, Connections4Health aims to reduce the associated impact that social health needs have on physical and psychological health, and in the process ultimately help create a pathway to healthier living.

The Fellows who volunteer for Connections4Health are aspiring clinicians and health professionals pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees. Through their involvement with the program, they gain real world experience working with patients and a deeper understanding of how influential social determinants are on health. The experience they gain through their involvement with Connections4Health is something they may take with them into future practice.

“Connections4Health has been the largest influence on me during my undergraduate career. I have learned how to talk to patients effectively, became aware of the many issues on the social side of medicine, and learned many responsibilities as a volunteer. This experience has changed my focus on medicine entirely. I used to think that patients are only taken care of in the hospital, to where the social side of their lives plays a far bigger role in their overall health.” – Direct student quote

Since their 2013 beginnings at the Birmingham Clinic, Connections4Health has partnered with other community organizations to be able to reach, and hopefully help, more people. In 2017, Connections4Health began working with the Downtown Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh, offering services during Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday afternoons. As a result of this partnership, the number of individuals Fellows met with increased by 138%. The library has benefited from this partnership because, rather than putting on their social worker or housing specialist hat, librarians are able to connect patrons with C4H Fellows in order to address social health issues – allowing the librarians to continue developing community-focused programming.

In May of 2018, Connections4Health added a third site staffed with C4H Fellows at Northside Christian Health Center. As a relatively new partnership, they are currently navigating the learning curve of implementing a social health needs program in a Federally Qualified Health Center. Moving forward, Connections4Health hopes to continue to provide this important service in more Pittsburgh neighborhoods and community health centers. They are also in the process of implementing a perceived stress evaluation to explore the effectiveness of C4H interventions on people’s overall health and wellbeing.

This project was made possible through partnerships with Birmingham Free Clinic, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Northside Christian Health Center, the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, and funding from NNLM MAR in 2017-2018, the Hillman Family Foundation, and individual giving.

To learn more about Connections4Health, join us on August 21 for a one-hour webinar with guest presenter Mike Bowersox, Program Director for Connections4Health. You can also visit the Southwest PA AHEC website or contact Mike via email: michaeljbowersox@gmail.com or telephone: (724) 221-3452.

References

1 Berkowitz SA, et al. (2015). BMJ Qual Saf 0:1–9. doi:10.1136/bmjqs-2015004521

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Weekly Postings

Fri, 2018-08-10 13:34

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Spotlight

Member Highlights: Let us shine a spotlight on the amazing work you do! NNLM MAR is always interested in learning about health outreach projects and activities that are happening in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Delaware. Share your story with us to receive a Member Highlight on the MARquee!

Local lecture from NLM Director: the recording is now available from Dr. Patricia Flatley Brennan’s talk, “Transforming Data into Knowledge and Knowledge into Health: NLM Strategic Plan 2017-2027,” at the University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

The next round of PubMed for Librarians begins August 29. Register for any (or all) of the PML classes to learn more about PubMed and enhance your searching skills!

New on YouTube: In understanding the All of Us Research Program, July 27, 2018

NLM/NIH News

A Vacation’s Gifts Are More Than SouvenirsNLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

From 1 All the Way to 100 Terabytes—NLM by the NumbersNLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

When Neuroscience Meets Abstract ExpressionismNIH Director’s Blog

Edward Jenner and “the happy immunity”Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

NIH News in Health: Check out the August 2018 issue of NIH News in Health, featuring, “Bionic Movements: Connecting Mind and Machine,” and “Care Connection: Loneliness Affects All Ages”. Other topics in this edition include preventing shingles, caring for concussions, and palliative care.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

All are webinars, unless noted. Please note that the class registration system requires obtaining an NNLM account prior to registration. Learn how to register for classes from the NTO.

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

DOCLINE Talkline: The Google Login Session – August 15, 2:00-2:30 PM ET – In this session, Erin Latta, NNLM DOCLINE Coordinator and Lis Unger, NLM DOCLINE Team Lead will spend time focused specifically on DOCLINE 6.0 and understanding the Google sign-in process. This class was originally scheduled for August 8.

National Library of Medicine Resources for Citizen Scientists – August 15, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – 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 collaborative webinar from MCR and MAR, participants will learn how to support citizen science in their communities and ways that libraries can easily participate. Citizen science library programs are perfect for all ages, and all types of libraries. No prior scientific knowledge is required, simply a willingness to participate.

Connections4Health: A Person-Center Approach for Addressing SDOH in the Community – August 21, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Join this MAR webinar to learn about Connections4Health from Program Director Mike Bowersox. Connections4Health is a Southwest PA Area Health Education Center (AHEC) program designed to partner with community health centers and community-focused organizations to address the broader, unmet social health needs of their patients or patrons, such as food security, housing and employment. Rooted in a person-centered philosophy, C4H recruits, trains, and mentors college student volunteers (Community Health Fellows) to work collaboratively with people, helping them bridge the gaps that exist between basic needs and health.

Health Statistics on the Web – August 24, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by MAR, this course focuses on the location, selection, and effective use of statistics relevant to health on the local, state, national, and international levels. Participants will have the opportunity to become familiar with the features and scope of several statistics Internet resources through the use of numerous exercises. This course offers 1 MLA CE and has been approved by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing for 1 CECH for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES).

Accessible Library Customer Service – September 19, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Sponsored by MAR, this presentation will provide an overview of disability including appropriate terminology, creating an accessible environment, and evaluating library practices for way-finding, emergency preparedness, and web resources. Other topics include budgeting for accessibility, accessible employment, specific service needs, potential partner organizations, and a plethora of tips and resources for future use.

New Classes On-Demand! Serving Diverse Communities – Looking for more asynchronous learning? Try this three-part series of online trainings about accessing health information resources related to working with diverse communities. Each training session is offered individually, and attendees can choose to participate in one or all sessions. The trainings are offered on-demand and can be completed in one sitting or over several sessions. Each training session will offer 1 hour of MLA CE upon completion.

Other Items of Interest

Job Postings:

What Is Genomic Medicine? – August 15, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – This webinar is for librarians who want to understand the basics of genomic medicine in order to talk knowledgeably with doctors and researchers when they request genomic medicine searches. Stay on top of this growing and increasingly important area of research and medicine and learn what genomic medicine is! Presenter Stephanie Roth, AHIP, is the biomedical and research services librarian at the Ginsburg Library, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, where she works with researchers conducting systematic reviews and assists in literature searches on a variety of topics. The cost of this webinar is $65 for MLA Members, or $85 for non-members.

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

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Weekly Postings

Fri, 2018-08-03 10:38

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Spotlight

Introducing the Data Catalog Collaboration Blog – check out this new blog from the Data Catalog Collaboration Project (DCCP), which will talk about outreach, metadata, assessment, roles and responsibilities, and the future development of data discovery.

Local lecture from NLM Director: the recording is now available from Dr. Patricia Flatley Brennan’s talk, “Transforming Data into Knowledge and Knowledge into Health: NLM Strategic Plan 2017-2027,” at the University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

Registration is now open for the second cohort of Bioinformatics and Biology Essentials For Librarians (BBEL): Databases, Tools, and Clinical Applications. BBEL is a 16-week, self-paced course worth 25 hours of continuing education credit from the Medical Library Association. Check out our recent blog post for more information.

Reflections on the MLA Public Library Symposium – SEA Currents

The next round of PubMed for Librarians begins August 29. Register for any (or all) of the PML classes to learn more about PubMed and enhance your searching skills!

New on YouTube: In understanding the All of Us Research Program, July 27, 2018

NLM/NIH News

Pearls of WisdomNLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

From Jumping Ants to Water BuffaloNLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

NIH Director’s Blog

Hidden Faces of WW1: Maxillofacial Portraits PreservedCirculating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

PubMed Health to be discontinued October 31, 2018; content will continue to be available at NLMNCBI Insights, Providing Insights into NCBI Resources and the Science Behind Them

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

All are webinars, unless noted. Please note that the class registration system requires obtaining an NNLM account prior to registration. Learn how to register for classes from the NTO.

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

Strategies to Ensure Rapid Response to Emerging Agricultural Health Threats – August 8, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – Sponsored by SCR, this webinar will discuss the rapidly changing agricultural industry and new occupational health threats that must be met by a systemic approach and trained professionals. For example, farm flood threats, as well as other extreme weather events require a rapid response among diverse stakeholders. Additional emerging health threats that require rapid response include opioid misuse, wildfires, and elevated suicide rates dues to the current farming crisis.

NCBI Minute: Hey Professors! Get your free personal assistant – an NCBI Account! – August 8, 12:00-12:30 PM ET – Join this webinar where NCBI staff will show you how to use an NCBI account to keep up with research and teaching tasks, and keep track of it all on your My NCBI dashboard. Learn how to make custom collections of important records for use in coursework and research projects, create lists of publications or database records to send to your courses, journal clubs and research teams, and more.

DOCLINE Talkline: The Google Login Session – August 8, 2:00-2:30 PM ET – In this session, Erin Latta, NNLM DOCLINE Coordinator and Lis Unger, NLM DOCLINE Team Lead will spend time focused specifically on DOCLINE 6.0 and understanding the Google sign-in process.

National Library of Medicine Resources for Citizen Scientists – August 15, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – 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 collaborative webinar from MCR and MAR, participants will learn how to support citizen science in their communities and ways that libraries can easily participate. Citizen science library programs are perfect for all ages, and all types of libraries. No prior scientific knowledge is required, simply a willingness to participate.

Connections4Health: A Person-Center Approach for Addressing SDOH in the Community – August 21, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Join this MAR webinar to learn about Connections4Health from Program Director Mike Bowersox. Connections4Health is a Southwest PA Area Health Education Center (AHEC) program designed to partner with community health centers and community-focused organizations to address the broader, unmet social health needs of their patients or patrons, such as food security, housing and employment. Rooted in a person-centered philosophy, C4H recruits, trains, and mentors college student volunteers (Community Health Fellows) to work collaboratively with people, helping them bridge the gaps that exist between basic needs and health.

Health Statistics on the Web – August 24, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by MAR, this course focuses on the location, selection, and effective use of statistics relevant to health on the local, state, national, and international levels. Participants will have the opportunity to become familiar with the features and scope of several statistics Internet resources through the use of numerous exercises. This course offers 1 MLA CE and has been approved by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing for 1 CECH for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES).

Other Items of Interest

Job Postings:

What the Health? Information Resources for Librarians – August 10, 10:00 AM-1:30 PM ET – Register today for this exciting, in-person training opportunity! NNLM MAR Academic Coordinator Elaina Vitale will be offering two NNLM classes, “Activate, Collaborate and Educate: Health Outreach and Programming in your Community,” and, “PubMed and Beyond: Clinical Resources from the National Library of Medicine” at the Northern New York Library Network in Potsdam, NY.

What Is Genomic Medicine? – August 15, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – This webinar is for librarians who want to understand the basics of genomic medicine in order to talk knowledgeably with doctors and researchers when they request genomic medicine searches. Stay on top of this growing and increasingly important area of research and medicine and learn what genomic medicine is! Presenter Stephanie Roth, AHIP, is the biomedical and research services librarian at the Ginsburg Library, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, where she works with researchers conducting systematic reviews and assists in literature searches on a variety of topics. The cost of this webinar is $65 for MLA Members, or $85 for non-members.

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

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Training Opportunity: Bioinformatics and Biology Essentials For Librarians: Databases, Tools, and Clinical Applications

Wed, 2018-08-01 15:49

Registration is now open for the second cohort of Bioinformatics and Biology Essentials For Librarians (BBEL): Databases, Tools, and Clinical Applications. BBEL is a 16-week, self-paced course worth 25 hours of continuing education credit from the Medical Library Association. The course will run Aug  20 – Dec 7, 2018. The course will accept 50 registrants and 20 wait list spaces.

There are due dates involved to successfully complete this course, please consider carefully before registering.

  • Pre-Work: August 31, 2018
  • Part I: September 28, 2018
  • Part II: November 2, 2018
  • Part III: December 7, 2018

Detailed agenda and registration

About the course

This is an introductory bioinformatics course for librarians run through the Moodle learning management system. It is designed for librarians who offer, or intend to offer, bioinformatics services; as well as for librarians who use bioinformatics information on a periodic or irregular basis to serve their patrons. Modules offer in-depth exploration of several NCBI databases, including Gene, Nucleotide, Protein, Structure, ClinVar, MedGen, and Gene Testing Registry, as well as guided instructions on using BLAST to identify genetic sequences. Course content is provided in the form of videos, hands-on exercises, readings, discussion posts, and open book quizzes. The course concludes with synthesis activities built upon actual reference questions received at the NCBI Help Desk, and the creation of a personal bioinformatics action plan.

Subject Matter Experts for this course include Dr. Peter Cooper, PhD and Dr. Bonnie Maidak, PhD, MLS, National Center for Biotechnology Information, National Library of Medicine.

Note: Registration closes August 15, 2018.  This course is limited to 50 registrants. A 20-seat wait list is also available. Registration preference given to residents of the United States. For more information, contact the NNLM Training Office: nto@utah.edu

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