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Reflections on Graphic Medicine and Medical Libraries

Fri, 2021-04-16 20:09

by Renée A. Torres, MLIS
San Jose State University

Diversity, equity, inclusion (DEI), antiracism, and social justice are buzzwords in higher education and libraries right now. However, as a new graduate from San José State University’s School of Information, I am keenly aware that library and information science (LIS) professionals must actively work toward making these terms actionable. How do we situate ourselves in these conversations and activities? Through my research project for the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) Pacific Southwest Region (PSR) BIPOC LIS Student Professional Development Award, I have discovered Graphic Medicine can be used in healthcare and health sciences education to help nurture culturally competent care and empathy.

Increasingly, libraries are building up their Graphic Medicine collections and making them accessible and discoverable. For example, during my internship, fall 2020, at University of Southern California’s (USC) Norris Medical Library I began my investigation into Graphic Medicine and ultimately proposed the creation of a research guide on the topic. The research guide aimed to define Graphic Medicine, pull together titles from across the USC Libraries, provide recommended search terms, and additional resources. While building the guide I focused on highlighting diverse experiences and health conditions that are often stigmatized, ranging from antiracism to eating disorders, and HIV/AIDS. I felt it was important to organize the titles by these topics as a way to show users the wide array of topics and perspectives rather than assuming connections.

Coinciding with the development of this research guide, I applied to and was awarded the newly created Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) Pacific Southwest Region (PSR) BIPOC LIS Student Professional Development Award. This award, mentorship, and support encouraged me to continue my research and apply to conferences. Many Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color LIS students and new professionals lack the funding and support to conduct research and attend conferences – myself included. The award reaffirmed that I am pursuing a career and research that is valued and needed. Also, connecting with the other awardees was empowering and motivating as we all pursued different research topics but we connected by our dedication to education and outreach to underserved communities.

With renewed vigor, I utilized PubMed to discover ongoing research by LIS and healthcare professionals about the use of Graphic Medicine in health science education and library programming and outreach. In particular, a number of recent studies have shown that medical humanities, including Graphic Medicine, can provide health science students and clinicians with space and time to learn, reflect, and reconnect with how patients and their caregivers experience health and wellness holistically. Engaging with Graphic Medicine also allows room for reflection on their own educational and professional experiences. One area that needs more research, and potential support, is how Graphic Medicine can be used to create open dialogues surrounding inequity, racism, and social justice in healthcare. In my preliminary research into works related to these topics the same authors, such as Whit Taylor, are the main sources for comics related to black health and wellness. More intersectional titles and studies are needed to understand how Graphic Medicine can be an effective tool for DEI education.

In the future, after securing a health sciences library position, I hope to continue my research on Graphic Medicine and develop more programming and outreach. I would like to develop a book club similar to NNLM’s New England Region (NER) Book Club Kits, Graphic Medicine art therapy sessions for health science students, creating library exhibits, and developing interdisciplinary relationships with art and health science students and faculty.

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LA’s Chinatown COVID-19 Relief Program – Southeast Asian Community Alliance (SEACA)

Fri, 2021-04-16 14:22

by Sissy Trinh
Executive Director
Southeast Asian Community Alliance (SEACA)

While COVID-19 presented numerous challenges, one of the largest issues facing the public health sector was the lack of consistent messaging by government agencies and officials. Nowhere was this more acute than for members of the public who faced language and technology barriers. The lack of translated materials and non-web based public health strategies meant that residents with language and tech barriers were often relying on misinformed neighbors and outdated information.

The Southeast Asian Community Alliance (SEACA) stepped in to fill this void by partnering with NNLM PSR at UCLA. SEACA created a COVID relief/mutual aid program in March 2020 to distribute PPE, groceries, and public health information in Chinese, Vietnamese, Spanish, and English for the low-income residents of Chinatown Los Angeles. However, because SEACA was not a public health organization, finding accurate, accessible, and up-to-date public health information proved difficult, especially given how quickly the science was evolving along with conflicting public health orders. The NNLM PSR staff were able to provide crucial support by sourcing culturally and linguistically appropriate information based on the Chinatown community’s current needs and conditions. For example, public health directives such as “go grocery shopping once every two weeks” was impractical because so many Chinatown residents live in overcrowded housing or in Single Room Occupancy units and storing that much food was not possible. Instead, NNLM staff found and shared flyers on how large families and families with essential workers can protect themselves from COVID. This allowed SEACA to avoid acting as amateur epidemiologists/public health experts and instead to focus on its strengths – acting as a crucial lifeline to residents who had limited access to other sources of information.

As a result of this award, SEACA was able to successfully distribute culturally and linguistically relevant information about COVID-19, All of Us Research Program information, and supplies to Chinatown community members.

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Asian, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander American Health Information Resources

Fri, 2021-04-16 13:20

NNLM PSR staff stand in solidarity with the AAPI community in response to the growing awareness and call to action against Anti-Asian Violence. This article includes resources to learn more about overall health and mental health within Asian, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander American communities, relevant webinars, reading materials, research articles and organizations, as well as cultural competency trainings.

Statements on Anti-Asian Violence from LIS Organizations

We stand with the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association Statement Against Anti-Asian Violence:

The Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) recognizes and strongly condemns the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes that have permeated our country over the past year. Our Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander communities have been deeply impacted by attacks that have caused physical and psychological harm. While reported incidents number in the thousands, recent assaults against our elderly and others include attacks on a 52-year-old woman who was shoved in Queens, an 83-year-old woman punched on public transit in San Diego, a 91-year-old man, a 60-year-old man and 55-year-old woman shoved in Oakland’s Chinatowna 61-year-old man in Brooklyn whose face was slashed while riding the subway, a 36-year-old man stabbed in Manhattan’s Chinatowna disabled 51-year-old elementary school teacher’s aide beaten by his own cane in LA Countya 27-year-old Air Force veteran beaten in LA’s Koreatown and the deadly assault of 84-year-old Vicha Ratanapakdee in San Francisco. In addition, various press reports and anecdotal evidence point to many more incidents of anti-Asian assaults, violence and harassment that have gone unreported.

In May of 2020, we denounced the rise in xenophobia and racism due to coronavirus-related hostility, disinformation and racism. The violence has only grown worse over the past year. We know that these issues are not new, as our communities have been subjected to violence and stereotyping throughout U.S. history. We will continue to simultaneously call out anti-Blackness in our communities and offer our support to our Black colleagues, while recognizing the intersectional nature of white supremacist culture and oppression. APALA is inspired by and grateful for the work of our activist colleagues who eloquently spoke about these issues in Letter to Asian Diasporic Library Workers.

APALA, one of the six National Associations of Librarians of Color, stands in solidarity with our Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander communities. We urge our library community to stand with us by publicly condemning anti-AAPI racism through visible actions, which we encourage you to share here. We offer to our communities, educators and library workers our 2021 COVID-19 anti-xenophobia and anti-racist information resources and COVID-19 Anti-Asian Racism Resources for K-12. We call on our partner organizations and allies to join forces with us in battling discrimination, xenophobia, and white supremacy.

Additionally, here is up//root’s Letter to Asian Diasporic Library Workers.

Informational Resources

  1.  Asian American Mental and Behavioral Health (HHS Office of Minority Health)
  2. Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Mental and Behavioral Health (HHS Office of Minority Health)
  3. Asian American Health (MedlinePlus.gov)
  4. Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Health (MedlinePlus.gov)
  5. Mental Health (MedlinePlus.gov)
  6. How to Improve Mental Health (MedlinePlus.gov)

Online Trainings/Webinars

  1. APALA Webinar: Addressing the Stigma: Mental Health and Wellness Resources for Asian/Pacific American Communities (sponsored by NNLM PSR)
  2. NNLM Webinar: Cultural Competency for the Information Professional
  3. NNLM Webinar: Cultural Competencies and the Strategic Prevention Framework
  4. NNLM Webinar: Perspectives in Cultural Competence and Cultural Humility
  5. HHS: Think Cultural Health – Improving Cultural Competency for Behavioral Health Professionals
  6. Cultural Humility: Essential Foundation for Clinical Researchers
  7. Advancing Racial Equity Webinar Series (American Public Health Association)

AAPI Resources from Member Libraries

  1. Los Angeles Public Library API Solidarity Statement and Booklist
  2. San Jose Public Library AAPI Statement and Booklist
  3. Las Vegas-Clark County Library District AAPI Resource page


  1. National Institute of Mental Health
  2. HHS Office of Minority Health
  3. National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
  4. Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum

PubMed Articles

PubMed Search for AAPI Health articles

  1. Lu W, Todhunter-Reid A, Mitsdarffer ML, Muñoz-Laboy M, Yoon AS, Xu L. Barriers and Facilitators for Mental Health Service Use Among Racial/Ethnic Minority Adolescents: A Systematic Review of Literature. Front Public Health. 2021 Mar 8;9:641605. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2021.641605. PMID: 33763401; PMCID: PMC7982679.
  2. Naito T, Chin J, Kim TU, Veera S, Jeannette M, Lomiguen CM. Further Reduction in Help-Seeking Behaviors Amidst Additional Barriers to Mental Health Treatment in Asian Populations: A Contemporary Review. Cureus. 2020 Nov 12;12(11):e11455. doi: 10.7759/cureus.11455. PMID: 33329953; PMCID: PMC7733772.
  3. Yu N, Pan S, Yang CC, Tsai JY. Exploring the Role of Media Sources on COVID-19-Related Discrimination Experiences and Concerns Among Asian People in the United States: Cross-Sectional Survey Study. J Med Internet Res. 2020 Nov 6;22(11):e21684. doi: 10.2196/21684. PMID: 33108307; PMCID: PMC7652591.


These resources were curated by NNLM PSR Associate Director, Nisha Mody, and Associate Fellow, Sharon Han.

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Health Careers Boot Camps – Expanding the Health Professions Pipeline in California’s Central Valley

Tue, 2021-03-23 14:55

by Joanne M. Muellenbach, MLS, AHIP
Health Sciences Library Director and Associate Professor
California Health Sciences University

For many high school students in the Central Valley, the Health Careers Boot Camps at California Health Sciences University (CHSU) are their first chance to practice intravenous (IV) injections, monitor blood pressure, or perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Thanks to NNLM PSR funding and with a focus on expanding the health professions pipeline, CHSU is partnering with four local high schools and providing students with the opportunity to participate in hands-on health care simulations and learn about health careers from professionals in the field.

In March, the CHSU Award team, led by Joanne Muellenbach, director, Health Sciences Library, and in collaboration with the Simulation Center, Marketing, and Admissions, provided a virtual experience for students at Madera South High School, including a Code Blue situation from a bird’s eye view of the CHSU Simulation Center’s Emergency Room.

 an emergency team showing how health providers work together in an emergency room and a laptop recording the event

The Simulation Center team performed in such roles as EMT, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, and respiratory therapist to illustrate how health care providers work together during an emergency.

The Award team also provided an in-person experience for Sanger High School students. Students rotated through five simulation stations and practiced how to insert an IV catheter, give an intramuscular injection, perform CPR, take vitals, administer a nebulizer treatment, and respond to a Code Blue scenario – all on CHSU’s high-fidelity manikins.

All students, whether participating in the virtual or in-person bootcamps, had the opportunity to hear from various health care professionals, explore the medical and health sciences admissions processes, and learn how to research NLM databases and locate information on health careers through the CHSU Health Sciences Library.

 a member of the awards team taking the blood pressure of a student

Additional boot camps are scheduled in April for students from Central High School and Sunnyside High School. CHSU’s goal is to spark high school students’ interest not only in CHSU’s own programs in osteopathic medicine and pharmacy, but also in collaborating educational institutions offering programs in EMT-paramedics, nursing, and respiratory therapy. The boot camps include demonstrations of inpatient hospital scenario simulations, as well as outpatient medical office simulation settings.

The Award funding allowed CHSU to purchase multi-venous IV training arms, CPR manikins, and other simulation equipment and supplies so that students can practice techniques in a safe environment on manikins and task trainers. Students are also provided with sample PPE kits including isolation gowns, gloves, masks, and face shields.

For more information about the CHSU Health Careers Bootcamp Series please contact Joanne at jmuellenbach@chsu.edu.

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Coming Soon: New Regional Medical Libraries Designations 2021-2026

Thu, 2021-03-18 18:03

Last June, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) published the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for the 2021-2026 Regional Medical Libraries (RMLs), the central component of the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM).  Health sciences libraries submitted proposal applications in September.  An official announcement from the NLM regarding the new RMLs is forthcoming. The start date for the new Cooperative Agreement is May 1, 2021.

The RMLs carry out regional and national programs in support of the mission to provide U.S. researchers, health professionals, public health workforce, educators, and the public with equal access to biomedical and health information resources and data.  The emphasis of the RML program is to bring quality health, public health, and biomedical information resources within reach of the public and all health and public health professionals.

Among other objectives, each RML is expected to:

    • Develop approaches to promote awareness of, improve access to, and enable use of NLM’s resources and data,
    • Develop and support a diverse workforce to access information resources and data, and support data-driven research,
    • Provide community-driven innovative approaches and interventions for biomedical and health information access and use.

 For the 2021-2026 cooperative agreement period, seven Regional areas are defined:

A map of the United States with numbers and colors allocated to different regions. Below this picture you will learn the regional states and numbers.

Region 1: Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia. 

Region 2: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Region 3: Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Region 4: Arizona, Idaho, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming.

Region 5: Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and U.S. Territories and Freely Associated States in the Pacific.

Region 6: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

Region 7: Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

NNLM Offices and Centers serve the NNLM program and are defined as:

The NNLM Web Services Office will develop and maintain reliable Web services for NNLM public and internal needs.

The NNLM Training Office will plan, create, share, deliver, coordinate, and evaluate an instructional program and educational materials based on key NLM products and services for a variety of audiences. NTO will assess and ensure a standard of high-quality for NNLM instructors and instructional content.

The NNLM Public Health Coordination Office will enhance the public’s health by expanding NNLM’s engagement with the diverse public health workforce through access to licensed literature,  coordinating training on NLM resources, and facilitating partnerships with public health institutions.

The NLM Evaluation Center will collaborate with RML, Office, and Center (ROC) staff to develop strategies and standardized approaches for evaluating outreach and education services

For more information, please refer to the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) Organizational Handbook, https://nnlm.gov/national/guides/network-national-library-medicine-nnlm-organizational-handbook.

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The University of Arizona Health Sciences Library Receives NNLM PSR Funding: “Information Resource Dissemination for Minority Populations During the COVID-19 Pandemic”

Wed, 2021-03-10 17:14

 a worldwide pandemic and logos of university of arizona health sciences library, ventanilla de salud, el rio health, and the national library of medicineThe Network of the National Library of Medicine Pacific Southwest Region (NNLM PSR) awarded the University of Arizona Health Sciences Library funding for a project entitled, “Information Resource Dissemination for Minority Populations During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Yamila El-Khayat is the principal investigator and program manager for the project, and Lara Miller will provide the program assessment. This project has a multi-tiered approach for information literacy instruction and training. A team of librarians, including PSR Consumer Health Librarian Nora Franco, will train 2nd-year medical students to identify and evaluate reliable health information resources. The students will conduct a series of information workshops for community health workers/promotores or health information consumers. Recruits for both the training and instruction sessions will be members of the Latinx and Native American communities.

The trainers will use health information resources and products of the National Library Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other government agencies with COVID-19 information resources. Training will include evaluating the resources for source reliability and cultural relevancy. Sessions will be conducted on Facebook Live, the Tucson Mexican Consulate’s “Ventanilla de Salud” channel. As the team works with Native communities, the trainers will use broadcast radio and infographic handouts to disseminate information. Additionally, they will identify and work with health network contacts to build upon existing Community Engagement Alliance (CEAL) efforts. An NIH initiative to deliver accurate information and education to communities of color on the importance of inclusion in clinical research to overcome COVID-19 and address health disparities.

The medical students, the community health workers/promotores, and the project participants will learn skills to evaluate and use information resources to work with their respective clients and communities. The first instruction series runs from February 10 to March 3, 2021, facilitated in partnership with associates and participants of the Ventanilla de Salud program. For more information, please contact Yamila El-Khayat.

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Registration Open for Responding to the COVID-19 Infodemic: An NNLM Virtual Symposium

Wed, 2021-03-10 14:55
Graphic with blue gradient background and faded white outline of a coronavirus. NNLM icon at top. Text reads ‘Responding to the COVID-19 Infodemic. A Virtual Symposium. April 8-9, 2021.'

Symposium website: https://nnlm.vfairs.com/en/

We are excited to announce that registration is open for a new NNLM virtual symposium focused on addressing the COVID-19 Infodemic in our communities.

What is the Symposium about?

The COVID-19 pandemic highlights the disparities of underserved, minority and underrepresented communities. This includes ensuring equal understanding of accurate health information, education in hard hit communities and valuing inclusion in clinical research to overcome COVID-19.

The NNLM Virtual Symposium is an opportunity to address misinformation and mistrust, raise awareness about the pandemic and efforts to combat it. Symposium attendees can expect to come away from this experience with a better understanding of COVID-19 as well as strategies and programs that can be used to engage with communities. We are excited to feature the following keynote speakers:

  • Vinay Gupta, MD, MPA, Affiliate Assistant Professor, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, Seattle, WA
  • Gregg Orton, National Director, The National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA), Washington, DC
  • Elisabeth Wilhelm, Health Communications Specialist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Global Immunization Division, Atlanta, GA
  • Chris Pernell, MD, MPH, FACPM, Chief Strategic Integration and Health Equity Officer, University Hospital, New York, NY

There will also be paper sessions, panels, and a networking space; more information will be announced in the upcoming weeks.

Free continuing education credits will be available for attendees from the Medical Library Association and from the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing.

Who is the Symposium for?

NNLM invites anyone who is interested in learning more about information-related issues during COVID-19, which includes, but is not limited to: health professionals, librarians, researchers, community-based organization staff, and students.

When is the Symposium?

April 8-9, 2021

9a-2p PT/ 12p-5p ET

How can I attend the Symposium?

Free registration is now open on our symposium website: https://nnlm.vfairs.com/en/registration

Questions about the Symposium?

Be sure to check our website soon for more information on the agenda, networking sessions, code of conduct, and a general FAQ. Any other questions can be sent to Tony Nguyen at ttnguyen@hshsl.umaryland.edu.

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Announcing the NNLM Spring 2021 #citeNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

Mon, 2021-02-22 10:57

We are excited to announce the #citeNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon campaign for Spring 2021! Join us for the month of March in our campaign to improve health information on Wikipedia using NLM and other quality health information resources. Our focus this campaign is on Healthy Aging, which includes the habits, behaviors, and environmental factors that contribute to healthy living throughout your entire life span.

There are lots of ways to #citeNLM and get involved:

Graphic advertising NNLM Wikipedia & Libraries course for March 15 to April 9, 2021. Background is a bright light blue with text in white and black to describe the course. On the bottom left is an icon for Wikipedia. Above it is an icon of a stethoscope in gray, black, and yellow.

  • Join our Edit-a-thon Live Session. Participate in our #citeNLM Edit-a-thon throughout all of March 2021. Want to edit with others? Join our live editing session on March 31st, 1-3p ET. We’ll overview basic Wikipedia editing tools and work with library colleagues and NNLM staff to improve Healthy Aging-related articles. Learn more and sign up through the following link: nnlm.gov/wiki
  • Take a course on Wikipedia and Libraries. Want an in-depth exploration of how libraries can use Wikipedia as an information literacy and engagement tool? Sign up for our free, asynchronous course: Wikipedia + Libraries. The course will run from March 15 to April 9, 2021 and guides students through the curation and editing process of Wikipedia health articles, as well as how to help community members build their health literacy skills online. Sign-ups are live now: https://nnlm.gov/class/wikipedia-libraries-nnlm/30039
  • Attend our Health Misinformation Webinar Series. Learn about online health misinformation and how to combat it from leading health information professionals. Join us for the next webinar session on March 1st, 10a PT/ 1p ET for “Understanding Vaccine Hesitancy and Social Media’s Role in Spreading Vaccine Misinformation” with Dr. Kolina Koltai (University of Washington). Sign up here: https://nnlm.gov/class/understanding-vaccine-hesitancy-and-social-media-s-role-spreading-vaccine-misinformation/30321

We are excited to host another #citeNLM campaign to improve one of the world’s most widely used resources for consumer health information. We look forward to seeing you at one of our many events this March!

 "Reasons to join #citeNLM Edit-a-thons for Library Staff: 1. Learn about using Wikipedia for health info. 2. Gain in-depth Wiki use and editing experience. 3. Build your reference and info evaluation skills. 4. Find examples for information literacy instruction. 5. Learn how to design an Edit-a-thon program for your community! Interested in participating? Learn more and sign up at http://nnlm.gov/wiki " Illustration of a person working on a laptop.

Have questions about edit-a-thons or any upcoming events? Email Sharon, Associate Fellow, at shan4@library.ucla.edu.

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February Citizen Science Event

Fri, 2021-02-12 17:54

SciStarter has teamed up with the Network of the National Library of Medicine and the All of Us Research Program to host a webinar series in January, February, and March, called “Lend Citizen Science Project Scientists a Hand. Then, Discuss the Results!” This series is highlighting a different citizen science project each month, showing you how to get involved in the project, and creating a space for you to share your experiences and questions with the project scientists! February’s featured project is Eterna.

Eterna is an online puzzle game citizen scientists can play to help project scientists understand complex RNA molecules and develop new medical treatments for global diseases like tuberculosis, malaria, or even COVID-19. Players design and solve puzzles, and can compete in challenges specifically created to solve some of science’s most pressing questions. Puzzle solutions that receive the most votes in the game are actually built and tested in labs at Stanford, so that scientists can learn more about how RNA molecules work.

Eterna RNA molecule model

Since the game’s launch in 2011, Stanford has built and tested thousands of molecules designed by players. Additionally, 25 scientific papers on RNA structure and design have been published using data from Eterna, some of which citizen scientist Eterna players helped to write! Not only did Eterna help forge this revolutionary new role for non-experts in science, it also represented the very first use of the massive open laboratory’ model in a published biology paper. This model of experimental design and data collection, characterized by a huge number of people coming together to analyze science experiments, is an exciting possibility that could be used widely in the future to help strengthen the integrity of the scientific method. Beyond paving the way for new experimental methods, Eterna players have helped bioengineers learn new rules for RNA structure design, so that they can create increasingly accurate machine learning algorithms that perform well in experiments. Eterna’s gamers can help fight disease too. The OpenTB Challenge launched in 2018 recruited players to design a molecule that could be used to create a cost-effective diagnostic test for tuberculosis. More recently, Eterna has challenged players with an “Eterna-Corona Puzzle of the Day,” with the goal of better understanding the RNA biology of coronaviruses, RNA-based tests and treatments, and mRNA vaccines. Eterna is currently being used to help develop a refrigerator-stable COVID-19 vaccine that could be used all around the world.

The successes of crowdsourcing scientific data through Eterna’s massive open laboratory model really jibe with the All of Us program’s vision of diversity in research. People of all backgrounds should be involved in research so we can find solutions that work well for everyone around the world. Furthermore, the more minds we have working on important scientific questions, the faster we’ll be able to find the answers the world needs. Eterna’s developers are dedicated to making the game increasingly accessible to all kinds of people. Groundbreaking ideas can come from anyone, anywhere!

Join the Eterna webinar event live on Thursday, February 18 at 2:00 pm PST. For more information visit the event page at SciStarter.


Post by NNLM PSR intern Elisa Borgsdorf, edited by Amy Reyes

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Love Data Week: 23 Things About Open Data

Sun, 2021-02-07 18:09

This year, the NNLM is celebrating Love Data Week with a speaker series and panel discussion with four data practitioners. If you’d like to dive a little deeper into the world of open data, these 23 Things are a starting point for learning more.

  1. Learn the “why, what, and how” of open data with the Open Data Handbook.
  2. Browse a list of hundreds of different data file formats and then learn the best ones to use for open, accessible data.
  3. Learn about data sharing and publishing with NNLM’s Research Data Management On-Demand module.
  4. Catch up on the NNLM Research Data Management webinar series with our YouTube playlist.
  5. Access and learn about the New York Times’s COVID-19 data.
  6. Search for local government datasets on data.gov.
  7. Explore the Google Dataset Search.
  8. Explore health-related open datasets made available through Kaggle, including the COVID-19 Open Research Dataset Challenge (CORD-19) medical literature text-mining dataset.
  9. Filter, visualize and export datasets from National Library of Medicine resources from Data Discovery at NLM.
  10. Compare the open data efforts of 30 different national governments with the Open Data Barometer, a report from the World Wide Web foundation.
  11. Visualize “the issues that will shape the future of New York City” with this interactive civic data exhibit.
  12. See how All In: Data for Community Health is working to improve community health outcomes through data-sharing partnerships to identify needs and inform policy.
  13. Check out the Civic Switchboard project to see how library workers can get involved in civic data initiatives.
  14. Analyze Census data in Microsoft Excel with a tutorial from Census Academy.
  15. Make a map using QGIS – a free GIS (Geographic Information System) program – with step-by-step exercises from the Community Health Maps program.
  16. Build data analysis, visualization, and programming skills with the self-guided lessons from The Carpentries. Start with Library Carpentry for lessons tailored specifically for librarians.
  17. Foster a “data culture” within your organization with engaging learning activities from the Data Culture Project.
  18. Build community data literacy with Data 101 workshop toolkit from the Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center, and attend our Tuesday, Feb 9th “coffee chat” to hear more from WPRDC project director Bob Gradeck.
  19. Make research data and code more findable with these 10 quick tips and come to the Monday, Feb 8th “coffee chat” to hear more from article co-author Ibraheem Ali, PhD.
  20. Support open, equitable, and inclusive scholarly communications with this guide from the Association of College and Research Libraries and come to the Wednesday, Feb 10th “coffee chat” to hear more from co-author Yasmeen Shorish.
  21. Learn about common data elements for clinical data collection and management with this presentation from the National Library of Medicine, and then learn how to use the NIH Common Data Element (CDE) repository.
  22. Familiarize yourself with upcoming expansions to NIH policies on data management and data sharing for NIH-funded researchers.
  23. Join the conversation: get involved with a community of data practitioners through the Research Data Access and Preservation (RDAP) Association or learn about the work of the Academic Data Science Alliance.
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Call for Proposals: NNLM COVID-19 Infodemic Symposium

Wed, 2021-02-03 11:46

The Network of the National Library of Medicine invites proposals for a virtual symposium: Responding to the COVID-19 Infodemic, on April 8th-9th, 2021. The COVID-19 pandemic highlights the disparities of underserved, minority, and underrepresented communities. This includes ensuring equal understanding of accurate health information, education in hard hit communities, and valuing inclusion in clinical research to overcome COVID-19. The NNLM Virtual Symposium is an opportunity to engage with NNLM Network Members to address misinformation and mistrust, raise awareness about the pandemic, and efforts to combat it. Symposium attendees can expect to come away from this experience with a better understanding of COVID-19 and share strategies and programs to engage with your community.

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After attending the symposium, participants will be able to:

  • Identify key issues that impact medically underserved populations in accessing accurate health information related to COVID-19 and vaccines, including health literacy and medical mistrust.
  • Learn strategies, outcomes, and lessons learned from presenters to adapt and apply within own communities
  • Design an outreach and education program to specific served populations

We are currently seeking proposals for presentations and panel discussions related to COVID-19 misinformation and disinformation, including, but not limited to:

  • Health Equity across a variety of demographic factors (race, gender, geography, socioeconomic status, etc.)
  • Vaccination
  • Emergency preparedness and response
  • Public health
  • Communication
  • Community outreach and programming
  • Education

Presentation Formats:

  • 15 minute Paper/Oral Presentations: You will have 10 minutes to present and have 5 minutes for questions.
  • 1 hour Panel discussions: You will be grouped with other panelists to respond to questions related to a similar topic

Proposals will be due by 11:59PM, February 26th, 2021. Decisions will be made and presenters/panelists will be notified of their acceptance by mid-March.

To submit, please fill out the following form by February 26th: https://umaryland.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_02Rij6t1NdjxxKm

For any questions, concerns or submission issues, please email Sarah Levin-Lederer (Sarah.LevinLederer AT umassmed.edu) and Sharon Han (shan4 AT library.ucla.edu). Thank you, and we look forward to your proposals!

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More News and Announcements

Mon, 2021-02-01 17:09

NLM announces Outside Inside: Immigration, Migration, and Health Care in the United States, a new online exhibition

Outside/Inside primarily features items from the NLM historical collections and explores the history of ideas about immigrant health and immigrants’ and migrants’ experiences with U.S. health care since the late 1800s.

NLM Musings from the Mezzanine: Nursing and Libraries – Powerful Forces in Motion

NLM joins the Nation in celebrating Black History Month. Libraries play an important role in ensuring equity of access to information.

New MEDLINE Website and Policy Updates

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) launched a new MEDLINE website that provides a consolidated location for information regarding MEDLINE policies, history, statistics, and the MEDLINE journal selection and review processes.

NLM Launches a New Online Exhibition – Making a World of Difference: Stories About Global Health

This new online exhibition recognizes the 50th anniversary of The Darkening Day, an NLM exhibition on the health aspects of environmental pollution, which opened at the library in 1970.

New NIH COVID-19 Website

NIH announced a new NIH Spanish COVID-19 site featuring information on testing, treatments, vaccines and clinical trials, The site also highlights NIH COVID-19 resources about addiction, mental health, prevention and more.

DOCLINE Customer Service Transition

On February 12th, NNLM transitioned support from the National DOCLINE Coordination Office (NDCO) to NLM. Instead of contacting the NDCO for customer service assistance Network Members will need to contact the NLM Support Center by filling out a Write to the Help Desk ticket.

NIH News in Health

Check out the February 2021 issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. In this issue, topics include lowering your cancer risk, chocolate health claims, dementia, DASH food plan, NIH COVID-19 research, and much more!

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Scholarship Recipients Reflect on the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services Conference

Fri, 2021-01-29 14:48

In October 2020, NNLM financially supported 20 library staff across the country to attend the 15th annual Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services (ABOS) conference. Originally slated for Dallas, TX, the conference was retooled as a virtual event due to Covid-19. Most attendees agreed that there were actually benefits to the online format. NNLM All of Us presented at the conference and continues to work with ABOS on health outreach initiatives. Here, 3 Pacific Southwest Region scholarship recipients outline favorite moments, and what they took away from the ABOS conference.

Katie Ball, Special Projects Associate, Sacramento Public Library (CA)

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Katie Ball

In my position at the Sacramento Public Library, I work in the Community Engagement Department, overseeing our Health Literacy and veteran related programming. In looking at all of the presentations at this year’s ABOS Conference, I was pleased to see so many offerings related to the work that I do. I appreciated the inclusion of workshops focused on serving the aging population. One of my current project centers around brain health and dementia education, and the workshops Tales and Travel Memories and Lifelong Learning for Older Adults and Those with Disabilities, Remember When: Reminiscence Groups with Older Adults, and Friends in Rural Places: Dementia-Friendly Community Initiative were particularly helpful. I have been eager to start a Memory Café program in our system, and the information from the Tales and Travel and the Reminiscence Groups workshops provided great outlines for potential activities that would appeal to caregivers and those who are living with dementia. The workshop, Roll Call! How Libraries Can Serve the Veterans Who Served Our Country, was helpful in brainstorming how to connect with veterans in the community, how to utilize volunteers for veteran related programming, and how to work with veteran focused organizations in my area. I look forward to using the information learned to grow programs for our veteran patrons.

This was my first ABOS Conference experience and I hope it won’t be my last. For the first virtual version of this conference, I thought it was well-executed, manageable, and engaging. I gathered many resources, including contacts at other libraries, helpful websites, and ideas for how to improve our programming. Being new to the library field, I appreciated the opportunity to immerse myself in this arena and learn from others who have created successful community programs in their systems.

Jennifer Siron, Senior Librarian of Engagement and Outreach at the Los Angeles Public Library (CA)

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Jennifer Siron

The 2020 Virtual ABOS conference was my first time attending any ABOS conference. I found it to be well planned and executed, and I am so grateful to have been selected for the Carol Hole award so I could attend this year. The workshops were informational and very inspiring. As we are navigating through these uncertain times, it was comforting to hear we are not alone, and many systems are working hard toward continuing library service to our communities.

Sharon Coronado, Coordinating Librarian, Adult Services, County of San Luis Obispo (CA)

The 2020 ABOS Conference “Out-Doing Outreach” was In-credible! Since NLM sponsored my attendance, this award freed up opportunities for other staff to attend. All of us were ABOS conference first-timers. There were nine outreach staff from our library system who attended the conference. Everyone was excited to attend and came away with new ideas for outreach. Attendance also introduced staff to ABOS and they are now part of the listserv information sharing community.

Our library was awarded a CA State Library “Bringing the Library to You” grant. This grant award will help us to outfit a mobile library to visit senior care facilities. The Adult Services Department will schedule lobby stops to senior care facilities where we will bring resources to seniors to browse and checkout. Senior health care and telehealth resources will be a vital component to complement our outreach services. One major takeaway from the session NNLM & All of Us: Opportunities to Engage with Your Community Around Health Information was the community collaboration piece. The suggestions of local agencies to partner with will help to expand these efforts to serve seniors where they are. The impact this will have will be twofold: Adult Services librarians will become aware of vital resources to share with our communities when performing outreach throughout the county; and our library system will contribute to the All of Us project goal to help speed up medical research.

We hope to implement the NNLM Health Kiosks program into our branches in the future, and we plan to participate in the NNLM Reading Club. We will include our county public health department in bringing a holistic health experience in 2021 and beyond, including hyper local resources and book discussions in line with the National Health Observances calendar.

Additional valuable information from All of Us presentations was the exposure to UBR or Underrepresented in Biomedical Research populations. These are the communities that libraries strive to serve, and we are now able to spotlight health programs specific to this demographic with a more clear understanding of resources available and challenges that these communities face. We are excited to get started in bringing resources that lead to the overall wellbeing of our communities. Thank you, NLM!

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MLA Data Services Specialization (DSS) Certificate

Sun, 2021-01-24 21:07

Research Data Management On-Demand and Network of the National Library of Medicine logoMLA recently announced the Data Services Specialization (DSS) certificate that librarians can earn to demonstrate their attainment of the relevant knowledge and skills necessary to provide data services.

Designed for health sciences librarians and information professionals and built upon the MLA Data Services Competency, the Basic certification requires the completion of 4 4-credit free Network of the National Library of Medicine courses. These courses cover 5 skill areas and are available on demand. An additional three credits in the five skill areas are required and several NNLM courses are listed on the NNLM Data Services Specialization page.

Registration for the NNLM courses is open. You can find more information about the DSS certificate, including cost, requirements, and skills on the MLA website.

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Meet our BIPOC LIS Student Awardees!

Mon, 2021-01-11 11:24

We are excited to announce the recipients for the NNLM PSR BIPOC LIS Student Professional Development Award. Introduced in September 2020, this award provides resource support for LIS students and recent graduates interested in health science information librarianship and engagement.  

 This post will be updated as we accept new awardees on a rolling basis. We are still accepting award applications at this time—start yours today! 

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Renée A. Torres 

San Jose State University 

Project Title: Graphic Medicine and Medical Libraries 

Renée A. Torres, a Southern California native, is finishing a master of library and information science (MLIS) degree at San José State University (SJSU) this fall. In 2017, she earned an MA in 20th-century United States history, specializing in women’s and gender history, from Washington State University. Her current interest is in health sciences librarianship, particularly focusing on how LIS professionals can help support, expand, and improve culturally competent healthcare information for the healthcare industry as well as academic and local communities. Support from the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), REFORMA, and SJSU’s iSchool has reaffirmed her commitment to working in an academic library and serving historically marginalized communities by empowering them with access to information. When she’s not dreaming of working in a library, you can find her reading and reviewing novels, planning her next trip, and patronizing local businesses. Renée’s project will investigate how comics and graphic novels, in the form of Graphic Medicine, can be used in patient care and health sciences education to help nurture culturally competent care and empathy within the healthcare industry and provide credible health care information to underrepresented communities. 

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Nicole Greer

University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee 

Project Title: School Librarians Supporting Teens with Health Information 

Nicole is the library director and interim equity and inclusion coordinator at an independent school in the Bay Area. She has a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction, and she will complete an MLIS program this spring. Nicole began her undergraduate studies as a biology pre-med major; her interest in health sciences came full circle when she attended a session on health information and programs for teens at the 2019 YALSA Symposium. A certified school librarian, she has experience in incorporating library instruction into her school’s health and wellness curriculum. In her work, she has observed gaps in students’ health literacy and in the consumer health information that is available to teens. Her project will focus on the information-seeking behaviors of marginalized and minoritized teens. She is interested in leveraging the school librarian’s skillset to meet students’ health information needs. In collaboration with health sciences librarians, she will design a training module for school librarians to develop more inclusive health-related collections, programs, and instructional services.


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Mayra Fuentes 

San Jose State University 

Project Title: Raising Our Voices: Speech Therapy Services for Spanish-Speaking Youth 

Mayra Fuentes is a first-generation college graduate from South Los Angeles who completed her Master’s in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. She first began working in libraries as a middle school volunteer and later found a renewed interest after graduating from UC San Diego with a Bachelors in Linguistics with a specialization in Cognitions and Language. In line with her interest in linguistics, she thereafter completed a post-baccalaureate Certificate in Speech-Language Pathology from California State University, San Marcos and volunteered as a Spanish translator. Currently, Mayra works for the Los Angeles Public Library where she has actively volunteered on various committees and participated in its Diversity and Inclusion Apprenticeship program. In addition, Mayra serves as Student Representative on the California Library Association’s Board and as the Public Information Officer for the REFORMA Los Angeles Chapter. 


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Alejandra Reyes 

San Jose State University 

Project Title: Mental health in Spanish-speaking communities 

I applied for this award because when I finish my MLIS program, I want to be able to tell a story. Besides story time, I want to share and tell my own personal story to my community so that I, like books, can become a mirror or a window to those who need it and give back to my community and meet their needs. I want to empower my community and be an advocate to build bridges to have equitable access in all formats in my community. I want to learn other areas besides public librarianship where I can get informed and where I can improve the access to health information to my community. The topic of my project is mental health in public libraries, specifically in low income, Spanish speaking communities. It is a taboo in that community to talk about mental health and I want to provide exercises or a bilingual infographic about the importance of self-care and mental health. Due to COVID, I would want to be able to share it in my social media and to my peers. I would also like to find free resources to share the information to the community. 


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Kate Pham 

University of California, Los Angeles 

Project Title: Academic librarianship and Student Outreach, Organizing, and Coalition Building 

Kate is currently a graduate student pursuing a MLIS degree at UCLA, specializing in library studies. She hopes to become an academic librarian in the future to support individuals from diverse backgrounds and experiences in their paths to pursuing higher education and research. In her work, she highly enjoys engaging in projects that center around student outreach and engagement, such as supporting and connecting with underrepresented student communities at the university. Her outreach work with different student organizations and campus partners through the UCLA Sciences Libraries has prompted her interest in researching trends, practices, and frameworks for student outreach within academic health sciences libraries. Through this research project, she aims to critically analyze and discuss libraries’ institutional roles in supporting and facilitating student efforts around issues of community and coalition building and activism. In her free time, Kate enjoys staying inside, reading, cooking and gaming.   


We are excited to support BIPOC LIS students and early career professionals. We have remaining funds and are actively seeking more award applicants until the end of January 2021. More information on eligibility and the application process can be found in the funding announcement. Have an interest in health information or know someone who does? Reach out to us at psr-nnlm@library.ucla.edu 

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More News & Announcements

Sun, 2021-01-10 18:11

New NNLM Substance Use Disorders Resource Guide!

The Network of National Library of Medicine (NNLM) recently launched the Substance Use Disorders Resource Guide to raise awareness of NLM’s Substance Use Disorders resources and the resources of partner organizations through partnerships with SUD related organizations. Check it out!

Reminder: Pillbox will be retired January 29th

Today, National of Library of Medicine’s Pillbox program will be retired. This includes the Pillbox drug identification and search websites as well as production of the Pillbox dataset, image library, and application programming interfaces (APIs).

For assistance in identifying pills, consider services such as:

  • Your pharmacist can provide personalized assistance with your specific medications,
  • FDA Center for Drug Evaluation & Research (CDER) Division of Drug Information (DDI) staff can identify drugs for you based on physical appearance (color, shape, size, etc.) and markings. E-mail DDI your drug description.
  • Poison Control Center staff provide confidential, free pill identification 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Centers can also be reached by phone at 1-800-222-1222. In case of an emergency, call 911.

Recording of the “Identifying the Gaps: the Status of Data Management Education in Doctoral Nursing Programs now Available!

On January 19, NNLM hosted the “Identifying the Gaps: the Status of Data Management in Doctoral Nursing Programs” webinar as part of the Emerging Trends & Topics webinar series. Guest speakers, Abigail Goben and Rebecca Raszewski from University of Illinois Chicago, discuss increase in Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs that has resulted in many new students and faculty who need data management education, resources, and support.

Love Data Week 2021

Love Data Week is an annual international celebration of all aspects of data. This February 8th-12th, NNLM (led by the RDM Working Group) is spotlighting four experts on various aspects of open data for a week of learning and sharing in the spirit of “open.”

At four 30-minute “coffee chat” sessions on Monday through Thursday, listen to each one of our guest experts discuss their work and answer audience questions in an informal setting. Then, join us on Friday as part of the RDM Webinar Series for a moderated panel discussion with all speakers to discuss bigger questions about their experiences working with open data.

Registrations for the “coffee chats” and the panel discussion are now available!

BLOSSOM: Building Life-long Opportunities for Strength, Self-Care, Outlook, Morale, and Mindfulness

On March 24-26, 2021, NNLM hosts a virtual symposium that will bring together experts on morale in libraries, invisible services in libraries, vocational awe, burnout, and self-care. The symposium will provide library staff at all levels, including management, with key takeaways to help improve the health and wellness of library staff. This event is open to library science students and all library staff regardless of employment status. PSR Associate Director, Nisha Mody, will be one of the speakers.

Provide your email address to be notified when the website is up, and registration is available.

NLM Launches a New Online Exhibition – Fifty Years Ago: The Darkening Day

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) announces Fifty Years Ago: The Darkening Day, a new online exhibition recognizing the 50th anniversary of The Darkening Day, an NLM exhibition on the health aspects of environmental pollution, which opened at the library in 1970 and was subsequently reviewed in the September 29, 1970, issue of the NIH Record, page 11.

MedlinePlus Connect: 10 Years of Linking Electronic Health Records to Consumer Health Information

NLM is celebrating the 10th anniversary of MedlinePlus Connect, a free service that links electronic health records (EHRs), patient portals, and other health IT systems to relevant, authoritative, and up-to-date health information from NLM’s MedlinePlus health information resource and other NIH websites.

Important Changes to NCBI Accounts Coming in 2021

NCBI will be transitioning to federated account credentials. NCBI-managed credentials are the username and password you set at NCBI–these will be going away. Federated account credentials are those set through eRA Commons, Google, or a university or institutional point of access. After June 1, 2021, you will no longer be able to use NCBI-managed credentials to login to NCBI.

NIH News in Health

Check out the January 2021 issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. In this issue, topics include tips to reduce stress, staying safe from sepsis, postpartum depression, combatting COVID-19, and much more!

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