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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.

Graphic advertising symposium call for proposals. The background is shades of light blue with a silhouette of a SARS-CoV-2 viral particle. The top text reads Call for proposals, and the bottom text reads COVID-19 Infodemic Symposium. A white NNLM logo overlays a dark blue rectangle on the bottom left.

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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NNLM PSR LIS Student Experience During COVID-19

Thu, 2020-12-17 03:14

Throughout this pandemic, our priority has been to keep ourselves and the ones around us healthy. Though we have diligently been wearing masks, washing our hands, and staying six feet apart from each other, many of us have not been so mindful about other aspects of our health. Eating healthy may be difficult when we have easy access to the kitchen all day. Coping with stress is difficult already, now add a pandemic, the new challenges it brings daily and managing stress seems even more daunting. Our new routines make it very difficult to focus on these specific aspects of our personal health, but it is vital we are keeping up with sleep, exercise, nutrition, and mental health.

Especially as college students shifting our entire lives online, that sleep, exercise, nutrition, and mental health I mentioned earlier may seem like last on the endless list of essays, assignments, and studying. During this unprecedented time, university students have faced many unique stressors in addition to the tragedies of this year. Being taken away from a campus full of peers and resources, forced into completing courses home left many students with less than ideal learning environments. The isolation and loneliness felt at home affects our mindset. We used to have to rush at least ten minutes to class, but now we stare at screens and sit on our desks all day. These and other individual students’ factors contribute to increased stress, sleeping irregularity, and nutritional deficiencies.

During periods of high stress, our immune system cannot function at its full capacity. Irregular weight gain can worsen existing health problems and even increase risk of COVID-19. Physical inactivity and prolonged stress affect natural sleeping patterns which in turn disrupts the immune system even more. Below are resources to help us focus on these important aspects of our health.


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NNLM PSR Membership Update & Member Staff News

Thu, 2020-12-17 02:59

We would like to provide you a year-end update of membership changes in the Pacific Southwest Region. The COVID-19 pandemic presented real challenges to outreach activities, particularly in-person activities such as site visits, conferences and exhibits.  In response to stay at home orders brought on by the pandemic, we have shifted our focus on digital platforms to ensure that we continue to build diverse and inclusive member communities.  Twenty-six new members have joined the network. Please join us in welcoming our new network members!

New Network Members





Network Member Staff News

We would like to recognize the following network members by highlighting their accomplishments, promotions, awards, new positions, and departures. We welcome your submissions for possible future announcements!

Vicki Carroll, Medical Librarian at the Department of State Hospitals, Atascadero in San Luis Obispo, retired in November 2020.  Veronica Gutierrez will serve as her replacement as NNLM Liaison.

Heidi Patterson is the new medical librarian at Queen’s Medical Center Hawaii Medical Library in Honolulu, HI. Heidi replaces Marlene Oishi who retired in November 2019.

Elizabeth Schatz is the new NNLM Liaison for Kaiser Permanente Honolulu Medical Library in Honolulu, HI.  Elizabeth replaces Jackie Chigawa.

Closed Network Members

We continue to update our Membership Directory and several member institutions have either closed or are no longer members of the NNLM.

  • Centinela Hospital Medical Center (Inglewood, CA)
  • Citrus Valley Health Partners, Queen of the Valley Campus, Health Sciences Library (West Covina, CA)
  • Fallbrook Hospital, Medical Library (Fallbrook, CA)
  • Fortis College – Phoenix (Phoenix, AZ)
  • Hospice of the Central Coast, Community Health & Hospice Resource Center (Salinas, CA)
  • Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center (Fountain Valley, CA)
  • Orange County Global Medical Center (Santa Ana, CA)
  • Orthopedic Institute for Children (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Saddleback Memorial Medical Center (Laguna Hills, CA)
  • St. Vincent Medical Center (Los Angeles, CA)
  • UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion (San Francisco, CA)
  • University Medical Center (Las Vegas, NV)

Network membership is free and offers a variety of benefits and services. For more information, please go to our Members page. If your institution or organization is eligible, complete the Member Application to become a member of the Network of the National Library of Medicine Pacific Southwest Region.

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Announcing the Libraries Without Borders Wash and Learn Initiative (WALI) Award

Mon, 2020-12-14 15:31

The NNLM PSR is excited to announce a funding award for the Libraries Without Borders (LWB) Wash and Learn Initiative (WALI) National Model! Many of our readers may be familiar with LWB’s work in Minnesota, D.C., and Pennsylvania creating Wash and Learn stations through the NNLM GMR , SEA, and MAR, where libraries collaborated with laundromats to facilitate health information programming to customers and families as they washed and dried their clothes. With the new award, the initiative continues to build upon these projects and activities to create a national, WALI-Health model adaptable for use in different NNLM regions across the U.S.

The major deliverable of this project is the WALI-Health toolkit, which will steer the WALI-Health Program and create a guide for delivering health information outreach to underserved communities through a culturally sensitive and equitable lens. The focus of the toolkit is to provide previous WALI participants continued guidance as well as newly interested stakeholders that would like to partner and successfully implement a WALI site.

This program is primarily supported by myself, Nora Franco (she/her), PSR’s Consumer Health Librarian and Intern Chidinma Ikonte (she/her), 3rd year UCLA student majoring in Human Biology and Society and currently on the pre-med track. Chidinma’s professional interests include working with underserved populations and the relationship between social justice and healthcare, which makes her a natural fit to support the creation of the WALI-Health toolkit. Amy Reyes (she/they), PSR’s Community Engagement Librarian, is also supporting the creation of health literacy components for this project.

Kat Trujillo (she/her), Director of Education and Deputy Director, and Frankie Devanbu (she/her), Technology & Social Justice Fellow are leading the LWB team in these efforts with their innovative models and approach. The two have convened and led the Advisory Committee to provide input and expert feedback on current and future iterations of materials. Stay tuned for the progress on this creative endeavor!

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December 2020 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available!

Mon, 2020-12-07 03:00

illustration of a woman talking on the phone privatelyCheck out the December 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:

  • Health Capsule: Donate Your Brain for Research
    Your brain lets you think, feel, move, and breathe. But when something goes wrong, it can cause devastating disorders. Brain donations help researchers study brain disorders that affect millions of people.

NIH News in Health is available online in both HTML and PDF formats. Additionally, you can get trusted, up-to-date health information from NIH News in Health added directly to your site via NIH content syndication. Print copies are available free of charge for offices, clinics, community centers, and libraries within the U.S. Visit the NIH News in Health Facebook page to suggest topics you’d like to see covered, or share what you find helpful about the newsletter!

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NLM News & Announcements

Mon, 2020-12-07 02:31

DOCLINE: Connecting Medical Libraries for 35 Years

It’s been 35 years since NLM’s interlibrary loan (ILL) request routing system, DOCLINE®, was launched with a goal of enabling medical libraries to get biomedical literature into the hands of people who need it as efficiently and quickly as possible.

Changes to Disaster Information Management Resource Center (DIMRC) and Disaster Lit

NLM is implementing changes to make it easier for online health information seekers to find and navigate trusted disaster health information. As of November 2020, NLM has begun the process of transitioning DIMRC programs to other parts of NLM, integrating them into other NLM resources, making them accessible on partner sites, or eventually discontinuing them.

NIH Preprint Pilot Librarian Toolkit

NLM has created a new resource for librarians: the NIH Preprint Pilot Librarian Toolkit. This toolkit provides information and resources about the NIH Preprint Pilot, NLM’s latest project to increase the early discoverability of NIH-supported research results.

MedlinePlus Social Media Toolkit

MedlinePlus now has a social media toolkit available in both English and Spanish. Use the toolkit to share MedlinePlus resources on your social media or other communication channels to connect your community to high-quality, relevant health and wellness information that is trusted and easy to understand.

New Twitter Handle for NLM

The National Library of Medicine has a new Twitter handle! You can find all of our content and news under a new name – @NLM_NIH. NLM will be retiring our old handle, nlm_news.

NLM Musings from the Mezzanine: 10 Tips After 10 Months of Video Calls

Dr. Patti Brennan, National Library of Medicine Director, shares a few tips on online engagement garnered from years of in-person and virtual meetings.

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World AIDS Day and New HIV/AIDS Info Outreach Funding Opportunity

Mon, 2020-11-30 16:13
Recognizing World AIDS Day

30 PM Eastern Time. There is an image of a crowd of people on the right, standing in the shape of the continents. A red ribbon is overlaid with the words World AIDS Day 2020 written on it.Since 1988, December 1st has been recognized as World AIDS Day in recognition of the global epidemic and a call to action to improve the response against HIV/AIDS. In 2018, almost 38,000 individuals in the United States were diagnosed with HIV, which can eventually develop into AIDS. The number of new diagnoses has also increased over the years, making this a great concern for communities, policy makers, and health professionals (CDC). Nearly all institutes and centers at the National Institutes of Health conduct and support research on HIV/AIDS in an effort to improve human health and quality of life. This year’s theme for World AIDS Day is Resilience and Impact (HIV.gov).

In observance of this day, NIH’s Office of AIDS Research is hosting an event titled, Science and Community: Working Together to Prepare for the Unexpected (Event Link). Leaders in HIV/AIDS research and policy will gather virtually to discuss community engagement and capacity building to sustain the future of AIDS researchers and advocates. The event is 8a-9:30a PT on December 1st, at no cost: https://www.oar.nih.gov/news-and-events/meetings-events/world-aids-day-2020

New HIV/AIDS Info Outreach Funding Opportunity

The HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Program (ACIOP), sponsored by NLM and Oak Ridge Associated Universities, recently announced its Requests for Proposals for the 2021 funding cycle.

NLM recognizes that people and communities benefit from having access to quality, accurate information about HIV/AIDS, especially as new treatment and management methods evolve with new research. According to the award announcement, “ACIOP is a competitive awards program offered to community-based organizations and libraries to improve HIV/AIDS health information access, with a focus on NIH/HHS resources.” Submitted projects must address at least one of these areas:

  • Information Retrieval
  • Skills Development
  • Resource Development and Dissemination
  • PrEP Navigator Resource Development and Dissemination

For more information and application materials about the funding opportunity, please refer to the Request for Proposals page. Deadline for proposal submission is December 28, 2020 at 11AM PT/2PM ET.

Additional HIV/AIDS Information Resources

CDC: HIV Basics


Clinical Info: Interim Guidance for COVID-19 and Persons with HIV

NIH Office of AIDS Research

MedlinePlus: HIV/AIDS

MedlinePlus: Screening and Diagnosis for HIV

NNLM HIV/AIDS Coordination Center


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National Family Health History Day

Tue, 2020-11-24 13:55

Happy family having Thanksgiving dinner at homeThanksgiving is coming up in the United States, and with it, time for conversations and catching up with loved ones and family. Though we may be “zooming” one another instead of sharing our meals at the same table this year, it is still a wonderful opportunity to share family memories, special stories and history. That is why Thanksgiving Day is also National Family Health History Day. These conversations can be difficult, but there are some great resources available to help.

  • My Family Health Portrait – This is a resource from the Surgeon General to help you document your own family health history online. Similar to programs that let you share your cultural heritage, this assists you in tracking your health heritage. This can help you identify if you might be at higher risk for certain conditions. You can use this document to start a conversation with your doctor and with other family members.
  • Does It Run In The Family? Toolkit – This toolkit, made up of two books from Genetic Alliance, is available in English, Spanish and Tagalog. Book 1 can help guide you in having health history conversations with your family, including suggested activities and conversation starters. Book 2 helps you learn more about genes, genetics and how they might influence your own health outcomes.
  • Family Health Resources from NNLM – The NNLM Reading Club has created a page full of resources about family health, heritable conditions, genetics and more. There are also several recommended titles for book club kits. If you would like to learn more about the NNLM Reading Club program you can reach out to the PSR All of Us Community Engagement Librarian, Amy, at abreyes@library.ucla.edu.

If having a family health history conversation leads to questions about conditions you would like more information on, a great place to start is with Medline Plus Genetics. On Medline Plus Genetics you can search for genetic information by the name of a condition or by a particular gene. Of course it is advised to share all of your health history and any questions you might have with you personal healthcare provider.

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Reflecting on the 2019 American Medical Informatics Association Meeting, A Year Later

Tue, 2020-11-17 18:10

by John Borghi
Manager, Research and Instruction
Stanford University, Lane Medical Library

A little over a year ago, I boarded a plane to Washington DC to attend the 2019 meeting of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA). At this point in my career, I had been working in academic libraries for over six years. For much of that time, I had worked in biomedical settings and focused my activities on research data. I teach classes on data management and data sharing, but I had come to AMIA because I wanted to learn more about clinical data, informatics, and health information technology.

Over the next few days, I attended sessions on ethics in biomedical informatics, the emergence of artificial intelligence in healthcare, and so many other interesting topics that I was constantly exhausted and in search of coffee. Because the conference was in D.C., I also learned a lot about data-related initiatives at federal agencies, especially the National Institutes of Health and National Library of Medicine.

So why am I writing about this now? As I sit down to write this, the 2020 AMIA meeting is occurring. But rather than being held in a conference center it is, like so many other meetings in the last year, entirely virtual. Shortly after I returned from the 2019 meeting, the first cases of the disease we now know as COVID-19 began to emerge. I can’t even begin to summarize or even characterize the year that followed. But topics related to how researchers and clinicians collect, analyze, and apply data to healthcare decisions now consume so many of our personal, professional, and political conversations and activities. Everything I learned at last year’s meeting resonates very differently in the time of COVID.

The session I was most eager to attend last year was about the data-related initiatives at the NIH. At the time, I had just contributed to my institution’s response to a request for comments on a draft data management and sharing policy and I was eager to hear more about what was happening and what was planned in the future. A year later, and the final policy has been announced and I’m glad to see that the suggestions made by my peers and I- both in the meeting and in our written comments- have been integrated into the new policy. But also, the necessity of biomedical and health science researchers making the products of their work available (and in a usable form) to one another could not be clearer than during a global pandemic.

Another standout session I attended at the AMIA meeting concerned the All of Us Research Program, an effort to gather genetic and health data from one million or more people living in the United States in order to accelerate medical breakthroughs. At the time, I was amazed at the sheer scale of the project and interested in how the data would be curated and made available to the research community. Now, when I check the project’s website, I see there are a series of efforts to leverage the dataset to study COVID antibodies, survey the pandemic’s effect on community health, and use the electronic health record to study patterns and learn about COVID-related symptoms. Rather than a redirection of the project, this represents its immediate application.

When I proposed attending the 2019 AMIA meeting, I told my colleagues I wanted to explore another dimension of our profession- to understand more about how clinical data was actually being applied and used. Looking back now, at all of the notes I took during the meeting, I am struck by two things. The first is that the meeting feels like it occurred a lifetime ago. Everything surrounding my attendance at the meeting, from walking through a crowded airport to catch my flight to D.C. to presenting on what I saw to a room full of my colleagues upon my return, feels so remote now. But I am also struck by the immediacy of everything I learned at the meeting. Understanding and working to improve how clinical data is collected, analyzed, and applied are always absolutely vital pursuits. But the last year has shined a light on just how vital.

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UCSF Receives NNLM PSR Subaward: “The San Francisco Bay Area’s Response to the AIDS Epidemic: Digitizing and Providing Universal Access to Historical AIDS Records”

Mon, 2020-11-16 03:00

NNLM PSR recently awarded the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), $138,370 for a subaward titled The San Francisco Bay Area’s Response to the AIDS Epidemic: Digitizing and Providing Universal Access to Historical AIDS Records.

UCSF’s project supports a priority area for NLM and NIH by digitizing approximately 43,000-45,000 pages from 15 archival collections related to the early days of the AIDS epidemic in the San Francisco Bay Area with the goal of making them widely accessible to the public. This project will chronicle the experience and struggles of communities of color and other marginalized communities during the onset of the AIDS epidemic.

The materials that will be digitized range from hand handwritten correspondence and notebooks to typed and printed reports and agency records. Photographic prints, negatives, transparencies, and posters will also be digitized. They will be added to a growing digital collection documenting the AIDS crisis established by UCSF on Calisphere and publicly accessible around the world.  The materials will be digitized by the University of California, Merced Digital Assets unit that has been partnering with UCSF on successful collaborative digitization projects for more than 10 years. All materials selected to be digitized will be carefully examined for privacy concerns and the archivists will consult with an existing Advisory Board.

UCSF plans to partner with NLM’s History of Medicine Division and DPLA to create a collaborative AIDS history primary source set on the Digital Public Library of America in order to disseminate the project results and enable their educational use. UCSF will also promote the availability of this resource to organizations in the San Jose, San Francisco, and Oakland, CA area. This project will be led by Polina Ilieva and Edith Escobedo will serve as a project archivist.

PSR is looking forward to the execution of this project!

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