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In the Region

Tue, 2019-10-08 05:00

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

Erin Seger, Making Connections: I’m currently at the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences annual conference in Hershey, PA. This is a conference that brings together extension professionals to learn about evidence-based resources to address emerging issue. While cooperative extensions aren’t libraries, they offer a wealth of information and expertise to their communities and are great NNLM partners. MAR is currently funding the Penn State Extension for their program Dining with Diabetes. This program helps community members with diabetes learn how to better manage their condition and introduces them to MedlinePlus so they can locate trusted health information. There are a number of ways that cooperative extensions can partner with NNLM MAR, and I hope we can explore more opportunities with these institutions!

Michael Balkenhol, Teaching: Over the next few weeks I will be gearing up for my next class, Activate, Collaborate, and Educate: Health Outreach and Programming in Your Community. This one-hour webinar will focus on health program ideas, guides, and resources for libraries and community/faith based organizations. I will share how you can integrate resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and other reputable agencies into your programs, so that you too can introduce NLM resources to your community in fun and engaging ways! Register to participate on October 22 at 3:00 PM ET.

Michelle Burda, Launching New Services: Just a few weeks ago we announced the launch of NNLM Delivery, our updated platform for document delivery, storage and retrieval that is now available to all NNLM Member institutions. Prior to the launch, Hannah Sinemus and I spent several months in development with the NNLM Web Services Office (NWSO) to complete the upgrade, and create some helpful resources for our users such as the FAQ page and User Guide with video tutorials. We also hosted an information session to prepare our current users for transitioning from MARDelivery, the old version of this service. After the launch, we’re very excited to be hearing from new and long-time users about their experiences with the system; the feedback is invaluable in helping us improve the system even further! If you’re using NNLM Delivery and have questions or comments, please reach out to us via email: nnlmmar@pitt.edu.

Kelsey Cowles, Conferences Galore! A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of traveling to Stony Brook, NY to attend a luncheon with NNLM members and NLM director Dr. Patricia Flatley Brennan. Our gracious hosts at Stony Brook University treated us to a tour of their newly renovated health sciences library. I was impressed by their creative use and re-use of spaces! Dr. Brennan also presented a fascinating view of the future of AI and the NLM in the annual Antonija Prelec memorial lecture.

October is a busy month for travel! My colleague Erin Seger (Health Professions Coordinator) and I just returned from exhibiting at the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences conference in Hershey, PA. I will also be speaking and exhibiting at the Pennsylvania Library Association conference in Erie, PA, and at the Upstate NY and Ontario Chapter (UNYOC)of MLA conference in Watkins Glen, NY.

Kate Flewelling, Staff Development: This month, NNLM MAR welcomed new Community Engagement Coordinator Tess Wilson. Tess has an MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh and an MFA in Creative Writing from Chatham University. Tess was most recently at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh where she developed programming for underrepresented populations and promoted the integration of data literacy into community workshops. Two current NNLM MAR staff members were also promoted! Hannah Sinemus, MLIS, is now Web Experience Coordinator for NNLM MAR and the NNLM Web Services Office (NWSO), and Tessa Zindren was promoted to Program Manager.

I have started my term as Chair of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association (MAC-MLA), an organization of health sciences librarians and other information professionals serving the District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, Western Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. I am delighted that next year’s conference is in Pittsburgh, home of NNLM MAR. I hope many of our Network members can join us!

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Weekly Postings

Fri, 2019-10-04 05:00

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

Spotlight

Read the MAReport: This quarter, Health Professions Coordinator Erin Seger wrote about her current work to develop a clinical program in a box.

NLM Resource Update: ToxNet, an integrated system of toxicology and environmental health information, will be retired on December 16, 2019.

Breast Cancer Awareness with My MedlinePlus: In the latest edition of the My MedlinePlus Newsletter you can learn about mammograms, walking for endurance and better health, Medicare, and get a recipe for baked cinnamon tortilla chips! Subscribe to receive My MedlinePlus via email.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

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

NNLM Delivery is live! Our upgraded document delivery, storage and retrieval service is now available! The old platform, MARDelivery, will be discontinued on November 1, 2019. Visit delivery.nnlm.gov to start using NNLM Delivery today.

In the Region: Fall Travel – MAR staff are hitting the road! Learn where you can connect with us at upcoming conferences and meetings to talk about your projects, see our presentations, or just to say hello. – MARquee News Highlights

Save the Date for the next NNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, coming up on November 20, 2019! Follow #CiteNLM to get the latest details as they become available.

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

A Librarian Can Help in a Crisis – NER Update

DOCLINE 6.2 Released – DOCLINE Talkline

New on YouTube:  ECRI Guidelines Trust, September, 18, 2019

NLM/NIH News

The Healing Natures of NLM’s Herb Garden – Stressed? Perhaps the scent of lavender or the sight of flowers could soothe you. That’s what a group of gardeners have discovered while tending to the NLM Herb Garden. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Bottled Milk: A Mother’s Reach for Infant Health – For millennia, mothers around the world have made great sacrifices to ensure the survival of their children. These efforts have changed over centuries as civilizations around the world made strides towards improving infant survival. After its development, infant formula (or bottled milk) was a symbol of exactly that to many mothers—a tool of modern ways and advanced nutrition. If women of social and financial stature were buying infant formula, what could possibly go wrong? – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

Americans Are Still Eating Too Much Added Sugar, Fat – Most of us know one of the best health moves we can make is to skip the junk food and eat a nutritious, well-balanced diet. But how are we doing at putting that knowledge into action? Not so great, according to a new analysis that reveals Americans continue to get more than 50 percent of their calories from low-quality carbohydrates and artery-clogging saturated fat. – NIH Director’s Blog

NIMH Twitter Chat: Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) – Join the National Institute of Mental Health for a one-hour Twitter chat on Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Follow or use #NIMHchats to join the conversation. October 16, 3:00-4:00 PM ET

Subscribe to the NLM Technical Bulletin for the latest updates on NLM tools you may be using! The current issue recently announced the upcoming retirement of the TOXNET website.

New PubMed Recap: Did you miss A New PubMed: Highlights for Information Professionals? A recording, a list of key points and an FAQ page are now available from the webinar.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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

October 2019

Don’t Forget Animals When Planning for Disasters – October 9, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – Experience has taught that in order to protect public safety and health we must include animals in planning for disasters. Join the South Central Region (SCR) for this talk that will provide examples highlighting the need to plan for animals in disasters. The five phases of emergency management will be discussed and the various roles of local, state and federal governments will be explained. Additionally, the types of threats that may impact animals will be covered. Examples of the partnerships needed for the effective planning for animals in disasters will be provided.

A Myth Shattering Look at Addiction, Prevention and Treatment, Based on Research – October 9, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Join the New England Region (NER) and guest presenter David Sheff, the author of Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction, for this webinar about his research and personal experience. This presentation will explore the importance of recognizing addiction as a chronic brain disease that affects the whole family. He will discuss how co-existing psychiatric disorders such as anxiety or depression can be underlying conditions and must be considered when deciding how to treat addiction. The stigma and shame attached to addiction is hindering our recovery from this public health issue. What can we learn from the past about other public health epidemics about getting rid of the stigma to make way for effective prevention and treatment?

Helping Patrons Navigate “Dr. Google” – October 15, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Technology is continuing to improve, and more and more people are looking online for health information, managing care, and trusted advice. Despite the increasing use, there is a digital divide for many individuals with low health literacy. Sponsored by the Greater Midwest Region (GMR), this webinar will discuss how Wisconsin Health Literacy developed a digital health literacy program, Health Online: Finding Information You Can Trust, to focus on improving the digital divide. Learn about strategies to make digital resources user friendly for all patrons and ways to help them access reliable health information online.

The Tide is Rising and So are We: Stabilizing Our Communities Through Climate Change and Resilience Programming – October 15, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Libraries, as important communities centers and partners, have an important role to play in education around tough subjects including emergency preparedness, our relationship to climate change and brainstorming ideas for building community resilience. In this session with the New England Region (NER), participants will reflect on the outcomes of Climate Preparedness Week 2019 that included more than 50 library events across Massachusetts, discuss lessons learned, best practices and what you can do to help foster climate change and resilience discussions and events at your institutions.

Being a Better Ally to All – October 16, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Join the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR) for this next installment of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Nine Conversations that Matter to Health Sciences Librarians with Jessica Pettitt. Every organization has a group of stakeholders, staff, and volunteers who must foster effective communication through conflict, change, and crisis. With increased comfort and confidence, you can be prepared to hold and encourage others to have the challenging conversations that lead to better collaboration and teamwork. Developing a culture based on listening, speaking up, and taking responsibility builds teams of cooperation for the short- and long-term.

Health Information Needs of Immigrant Populations – October 16, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – Join the Pacific Southwest Region (PSR) for this one-hour webinar that will address the health issues, public health implications, and health literacy needs of immigrant populations. Learn about methods to improve health literacy and address information access issues. We will review reliable health information resources, which include the National Library of Medicine’s MedlinePlus, HealthReach, and the Disaster Information Management Research Center.

Health Insurance Literacy and How Librarians Can Help – October 16, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – Many adults have difficulty knowing how to find a physician, fill a prescription, use and pay for medications, and use health information to make informed decisions about their health. Libraries are prominent places in communities making libraries and librarians excellent resources for advancing health information literacy. Join the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR) and guest presenter Emily Vardell, Ph.D., for this webinar that will address these critical information needs.

2019 Fall Wikipedia Edit-a-thon Overview – October 17, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Are you interested in improving mental health information available on Wikipedia? Do you want to utilize your librarian research skills towards making Wikipedia a better, evidence-based resource? Have you always wanted to participate in, or learn how to host your own edit-a-thon? In preparation for the NNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on November 20, join the New England Region (NER) for this edit-a-thon training overview with a live question and answer session.

Health Statistics on the Web – October 17, 4:30-5:30 PM ET – Sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), this course focuses on the location, selection, and effective use of statistics relevant to health on the local, state, national, and international levels. The importance and relevance of health statistics in various contexts will be discussed. Participants will have the opportunity to become familiar with the features and scope of several statistics Internet resources through the use of numerous exercises. In addition to 1 MLA CE, this program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1 total Category I contact education contact hour.

Activate, Collaborate, and Educate: Health Outreach and Programming in Your Community – October 22, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), this course will provide an overview of ideas to conduct health outreach and create health programs for libraries and community/faith based organizations. Participants will learn how to integrate resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and other reputable agencies to introduce community members to NLM resources in fun and engaging ways.

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

Other Items of Interest

Job Posting:

Health Resource Highlight:  The Pennsylvania Insurance Department’s health literacy group provides resources on health insurance literacy, including mental health and substance use disorder, short-term health insurance plans, health insurance special enrollment, and health insurance appeals.

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

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

After 20 Years of Improving America’s Healthcare, AHRQ Makes Bold Plans for Future Successes – AHRQ Views

New Data on How We’re Measuring a Culture of Health Culture of Health Blog, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

MLA Diversity and Inclusion Task Force Critical Librarianship Webinar Series – Want to know what critical librarianship looks like in practice? In this free webinar, hear three working librarians talk about how they use critical librarianship in their everyday practice. Sponsored by MLA – October 21, 2:00-3:30 PM ET.

Grey (Literature) Matters: Structuring Your Google Search – November 6, 2:00 – 3:30 PM ET – Join Sarah Bonato for the second of a two-part series on grey (literature) matters.  You’ll learn how to address the challenges of Google searches, adapt a database search, employ decision aids, set search limits, optimize data saturation, track search results, and select a search scope. You’ll also examine examples of published research projects that used Google and look at alternative search engines, such as DuckDuckGo, MillionShort, and WolframAlpha. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

Navigating LGBTQ Adolescent Health for the Healthcare Provider – The New York State Area Health Education Center System, in collaboration with the Clinical Education Initiative, will be hosting a continuing education seminar on Saturday, October 12 in Buffalo, NY titled Navigating LGBTQ Adolescent Health for the Healthcare Provider. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth must navigate the typical challenges of adolescence while also managing the social stigma associated with their emerging sexual/gender identities. This seminar will highlight the unique health and developmental challenges of LGBTQ youth, and discuss ways to address these issues in the clinical setting. Registration is $125 for health professionals and $25 for students.

Western Pennsylvania Health Literacy Event – Visit Carlow University in Pittsburgh on Friday, October 25 to celebrate Health Literacy Month! Hosted by the Healthcare Council of Western Pennsylvania (HCWP) in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Health Literacy Coalition, this free event will feature sessions on the basics of health literacy, unconscious bias, and cultural humility. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn how to apply health literacy techniques to their personal and professional lives.

OpenCon 2019 in Philadelphia, PA – Join Temple University on November 1 for OpenCon Philly, a free one-day series of panels and interactive workshops for idea exchange and learning around open access, open education, and open data. Connect with regional colleagues and find future collaborators as you share success stories, learn from each other’s failures, and discuss challenges in your work towards making research, educational materials, data, and government information more equitable and accessible to all. This event is free and open to all! Registration for the event is now available.

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

Categories: RML Blogs

Explore Health Literacy with the NNLM Reading Club

Wed, 2019-10-02 17:29

Because it can be challenging to find a compatible health provider, choose health insurance coverage, or understand medical terms, organizations have been observing October as Health Literacy Month since 1999. It is a time to bring attention to the importance of making health information easy to understand and making the health care system easier to navigate. But you don’t have to wait until October! Any time is a good time to become a more informed health consumer.

When it comes to your health, you are your own best advocate. The NNLM Reading Club has selected three books to help you become more knowledgeable and informed.

  • An American Sickness by Elisabeth Rosenthal
  • How to be a Patient by Sana Goldberg, RN
  • Well: What We Need to Talk About When We Talk About Health by Sandro Galea

three book club selections for health literacy

To learn more about each of these titles, download book discussion guides, promotional materials and corresponding health information resources, or to apply for a free NNLM Reading Club Book kit, visit the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network’s Book Selections and Health Resources: Health Information guide.

Categories: RML Blogs

Weekly Postings

Fri, 2019-09-27 05:00

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

Spotlight

Read the MAReport: This quarter, Health Programming Coordinator Michael Balkenhol highlighted the NNLM Reading Club, a selection of “ready-to-use” book titles and free downloadable materials designed to help libraries support health information needs in their communities.

NLM Resource Update: ToxNet, an integrated system of toxicology and environmental health information, will be retired on December 16, 2019.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

NNLM Delivery is live! Our upgraded document delivery, storage and retrieval service is now available! The old platform, MARDelivery, will be discontinued on November 1, 2019. Visit delivery.nnlm.gov to start using NNLM Delivery today.

In the Region: Fall Travel – MAR staff are hitting the road! Learn where you can connect with us at upcoming conferences and meetings to talk about your projects, see our presentations, or just to say hello. – MARquee News Highlights

Save the Date for the next NNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, coming up on November 20, 2019! Follow #CiteNLM to get the latest details as they become available.

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

Freedom to Read – Celebrate the freedom to read during Banned Books Week. – NER Update

NLM Launches New Exhibition about the World Health Organization – Latitudes, the Newsletter from PSR

DOCLINE Update | DOCLINE DOWNTIME – DOCLINE Talkline

NLM/NIH News

Enhancing Data Sharing, One Dataset at a Time – The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has an ambitious vision for a modernized, integrated biomedical data ecosystem. How we plan to achieve this vision is outlined in the NIH Strategic Plan for Data Science, and the long-term goal is to have NIH-funded data be findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable (FAIR). – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Gene Therapy Shows Promise Repairing Brain Tissue Damaged by Stroke – It’s a race against time when someone suffers a stroke caused by a blockage of a blood vessel supplying the brain. Unless clot-busting treatment is given within a few hours after symptoms appear, vast numbers of the brain’s neurons die, often leading to paralysis or other disabilities. It would be great to have a way to replace those lost neurons. Thanks to gene therapy, some encouraging strides are now being made. – NIH Director’s Blog

Subscribe to the NLM Technical Bulletin for the latest updates on NLM tools you may be using! The current issue recently announced the upcoming retirement of the TOXNET website.

New PubMed Recap: Did you miss A New PubMed: Highlights for Information Professionals? A recording, a list of key points and an FAQ page are now available from the webinar.

September is Go4Life Month! Sponsored by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), this year’s theme is Get Motivated! Get Moving! Go4Life! The overall goal of Go4Life Month is to promote the importance of regular physical activity as a key component of healthy aging. Your organization may choose to celebrate the month with a single activity or with multiple activities, by spreading the word, or by engaging directly with older adults. Go4Life Month activities that involve older adults should be movement-oriented, but they should also be informational and even inspirational. Get moving with Go4Life!

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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

September 2019

Registration closing soon! Effective Health Communication and Health Literacy: Undestanding the Connection – September 30, 1:30-2:30 PM ET – Are you curious as to why health communication and health literacy are connected? Do you want to be more effective in providing health information to consumers, patients, clients, library patrons or your community? Join the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) for this introductory class to health literacy and health communication that will help you understand and raise your awareness of the complexity of these concepts.

October 2019

Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library – October 1-November 1, 2019 – Join the MidContinental Region (MCR) for this hands-on class that will cover the health information seeking behavior of consumers and the role of the librarian in the provision of health information for the public. Come learn about the evolution of consumer health, health literacy and the e-patient. Participants will leave equipped with knowledge of top consumer health sites. This class will discuss creative ideas for health information outreach, and wrap up with an opportunity to explore effective marketing approaches and develop an elevator speech.

If You Share It, Will They Come? Quantifying and Characterizing Reuse of Biomedical Research Data – October 2, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Since the mid-2000s, new data sharing mandates have led to an increase in the amount of research data available for reuse. Reuse of data benefits the scientific community and the public by potentially speeding scientific discovery and increasing the return on investment of publicly funded research. However, despite the potential benefits of reuse and the increasing availability of data, research on the impact of data reuse is so far sparse. Sponsored by the Southeastern Atlantic Region (SEA), this talk will provide a deeper understanding of the impacts of shared biomedical research data by answering the question “what happens with datasets once they are shared?” Specifically, this talk will demonstrate that data are often reused in very different contexts than for which they were originally collected, as well as explore how patterns of reuse differ between dataset types. This talk also considers patterns of data reuse over time and the topics of the most highly reused datasets to determine whether it is possible to predict which datasets will go on to be highly reused over time. Finally, career stage and geographic location of data reusers provide an understanding of who benefits from shared research data.

How to Develop Healthy Living Programs through Shared Use Partnerships – October 3, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Shared use occurs when government entities or other organizations agree to open their facilities for use by the broader community. Librarians increasingly “share” their spaces in this way. A common example is summer meal programs, where libraries serve as meal sites, but not typically meal program sponsors. Hosted by the Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SEA), this webinar will give you the information you need to bring shared use partnerships to your library. Presenters will talk about reaching out to potential partners, how to develop memorandums of understanding, how to work through perceptions of legal liability, and how to institutionalize shared use agreements. The focus will be on shared use agreements to increase healthy living practices, particularly around Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL).

Don’t Forget Animals When Planning for Disasters – October 9, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – Experience has taught that in order to protect public safety and health we must include animals in planning for disasters. Join the South Central Region (SCR) for this talk that will provide examples highlighting the need to plan for animals in disasters. The five phases of emergency management will be discussed and the various roles of local, state and federal governments will be explained. Additionally, the types of threats that may impact animals will be covered. Examples of the partnerships needed for the effective planning for animals in disasters will be provided.

A Myth Shattering Look at Addiction, Prevention and Treatment, Based on Research – October 9, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Join the New England Region (NER) and guest presenter David Sheff, the author of Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction, for this webinar about his research and personal experience. This presentation will explore the importance of recognizing addiction as a chronic brain disease that affects the whole family. He will discuss how co-existing psychiatric disorders such as anxiety or depression can be underlying conditions and must be considered when deciding how to treat addiction. The stigma and shame attached to addiction is hindering our recovery from this public health issue. What can we learn from the past about other public health epidemics about getting rid of the stigma to make way for effective prevention and treatment?

Helping Patrons Navigate “Dr. Google” – October 15, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Technology is continuing to improve, and more and more people are looking online for health information, managing care, and trusted advice. Despite the increasing use, there is a digital divide for many individuals with low health literacy. Sponsored by the Greater Midwest Region (GMR), this webinar will discuss how Wisconsin Health Literacy developed a digital health literacy program, Health Online: Finding Information You Can Trust, to focus on improving the digital divide. Learn about strategies to make digital resources user friendly for all patrons and ways to help them access reliable health information online.

The Tide is Rising and So are We: Stabilizing Our Communities Through Climate Change and Resilience Programming – October 15, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Libraries, as important communities centers and partners, have an important role to play in education around tough subjects including emergency preparedness, our relationship to climate change and brainstorming ideas for building community resilience. In this session with the New England Region (NER), participants will reflect on the outcomes of Climate Preparedness Week 2019 that included more than 50 library events across Massachusetts, discuss lessons learned, best practices and what you can do to help foster climate change and resilience discussions and events at your institutions.

Being a Better Ally to All – October 16, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Join the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR) for this next installment of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Nine Conversations that Matter to Health Sciences Librarians with Jessica Pettitt. Every organization has a group of stakeholders, staff, and volunteers who must foster effective communication through conflict, change, and crisis. With increased comfort and confidence, you can be prepared to hold and encourage others to have the challenging conversations that lead to better collaboration and teamwork. Developing a culture based on listening, speaking up, and taking responsibility builds teams of cooperation for the short- and long-term.

Health Information Needs of Immigrant Populations – October 16, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – Join the Pacific Southwest Region (PSR) for this one-hour webinar that will address the health issues, public health implications, and health literacy needs of immigrant populations. Learn about methods to improve health literacy and address information access issues. We will review reliable health information resources, which include the National Library of Medicine’s MedlinePlus, HealthReach, and the Disaster Information Management Research Center.

Health Insurance Literacy and How Librarians Can Help – October 16, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – Many adults have difficulty knowing how to find a physician, fill a prescription, use and pay for medications, and use health information to make informed decisions about their health. Libraries are prominent places in communities making libraries and librarians excellent resources for advancing health information literacy. Join the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR) and guest presenter Emily Vardell, Ph.D., for this webinar that will address these critical information needs.

2019 Fall Wikipedia Edit-a-thon Overview – October 17, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Are you interested in improving mental health information available on Wikipedia? Do you want to utilize your librarian research skills towards making Wikipedia a better, evidence-based resource? Have you always wanted to participate in, or learn how to host your own edit-a-thon? In preparation for the NNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on November 20, join the New England Region (NER) for this edit-a-thon training overview with a live question and answer session.

Health Statistics on the Web – October 17, 4:30-5:30 PM ET – Sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), this course focuses on the location, selection, and effective use of statistics relevant to health on the local, state, national, and international levels. The importance and relevance of health statistics in various contexts will be discussed. Participants will have the opportunity to become familiar with the features and scope of several statistics Internet resources through the use of numerous exercises. In addition to 1 MLA CE, this program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1 total Category I contact education contact hour.

Activate, Collaborate, and Educate: Health Outreach and Programming in Your Community – October 22, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), this course will provide an overview of ideas to conduct health outreach and create health programs for libraries and community/faith based organizations. Participants will learn how to integrate resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and other reputable agencies to introduce community members to NLM resources in fun and engaging ways.

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

Other Items of Interest

Job Posting:

Health Programming Highlight: Created in partnership with the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center and the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis, the new RHIhub Rural Suicide Prevention Toolkit compiles evidence-based models and resources to support organizations employing suicide prevention programs in rural communities. Learn how to implement, evaluate, and sustain suicide prevention programs in your community.

After 20 Years of Improving America’s Healthcare, AHRQ Makes Bold Plans for Future Successes – AHRQ Views

New Data on How We’re Measuring a Culture of Health Culture of Health Blog, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Grey (Literature) Matters: Selecting the Right Grey Literature to Search October 2, 2:00 – 3:30 PM ET – Join Sarah Bonato for the first of a two-part series on grey (literature) matters.  You’ll learn about the various types of grey literature, their strengths and weaknesses, and how to identify the best types to meet your search requests. You’ll learn how to develop a search plan and set a search scope that includes unpublished research, clinical trials, grey data, reports, government documents, and other types of grey literature. You’ll review examples of published research projects that included grey literature. And, you’ll get insights into questions to ask researchers, decision aids, and other dimensions of the colorful world of grey literature! Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

Navigating LGBTQ Adolescent Health for the Healthcare Provider – The New York State Area Health Education Center System, in collaboration with the Clinical Education Initiative, will be hosting a continuing education seminar on Saturday, October 12 in Buffalo, NY titled Navigating LGBTQ Adolescent Health for the Healthcare Provider. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth must navigate the typical challenges of adolescence while also managing the social stigma associated with their emerging sexual/gender identities. This seminar will highlight the unique health and developmental challenges of LGBTQ youth, and discuss ways to address these issues in the clinical setting. Early bird registration until September 30 for health professionals is $100 and $15 for students.

Western Pennsylvania Health Literacy Event – Visit Carlow University in Pittsburgh on Friday, October 25 to celebrate Health Literacy Month! Hosted by the Healthcare Council of Western Pennsylvania (HCWP) in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Health Literacy Coalition, this free event will feature sessions on the basics of health literacy, unconscious bias, and cultural humility. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn how to apply health literacy techniques to their personal and professional lives.

OpenCon 2019 in Philadelphia, PA – Join Temple University on November 1 for OpenCon Philly, a free one-day series of panels and interactive workshops for idea exchange and learning around open access, open education, and open data. Connect with regional colleagues and find future collaborators as you share success stories, learn from each other’s failures, and discuss challenges in your work towards making research, educational materials, data, and government information more equitable and accessible to all. This event is free and open to all. RSVP to stay in the loop and be notified of the call for presentations! A registration form will be forthcoming closer to the event.

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October Classes for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES)

Wed, 2019-09-25 17:50

Please see below for descriptions of our upcoming courses that offer Category I CECH for Certified Health Education Specialists. These is no cost to attend these classes, just create a free account with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine to sign up!

Health Statistics on the Web: October 17, 2019, 4:30PM – 5:30PM ET. This course focuses on the location, selection, and effective use of statistics relevant to health on the local, state, national, and international levels. The importance and relevance of health statistics in various contexts will be discussed. Participants will have the opportunity to become familiar with the features and scope of several statistics Internet resources through the use of numerous exercises.

Objectives:

At the conclusion of the class, participants will:

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

If you have already taken Health Statistics on the Web, stay tuned! We plan to continue to expand our CHES offerings.

Sponsored by The National Network of Libraries of Medicine- Middle Atlantic Region, a designated provider of contact hours (CECH) in health education credentialing by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc., this program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1 total Category I contact education contact hour.

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

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

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October Classes for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES)

Mon, 2019-09-23 15:27

Please see below for descriptions of our upcoming courses that offer Category I CECH for Certified Health Education Specialists. These is no cost to attend these classes, just create a free account with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine to sign up!

Health Statistics on the Web: October 17, 2019, 4:30PM – 5:30PM ET. This course focuses on the location, selection, and effective use of statistics relevant to health on the local, state, national, and international levels. The importance and relevance of health statistics in various contexts will be discussed. Participants will have the opportunity to become familiar with the features and scope of several statistics Internet resources through the use of numerous exercises.

Objectives:

At the conclusion of the class, participants will:

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

If you have already taken Health Statistics on the Web, stay tuned! We plan to continue to expand our CHES offerings.

Sponsored by The National Network of Libraries of Medicine- Middle Atlantic Region, a designated provider of contact hours (CECH) in health education credentialing by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc., this program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1 total Category I contact education contact hour.

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

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

Categories: RML Blogs

Weekly Postings

Fri, 2019-09-20 03:00

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

Spotlight

Applications Due: Submit an application today, September 20 by noon ET to be considered for the Health Programming in Public Libraries Award.

Read the MAReport: The latest edition of the MAReport Newsletter is now available! This quarter, learn from Executive Director Kate Flewelling about how you can Travel like a NNLM-er!

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

In the Region: Fall Travel – MAR staff are hitting the road! Learn where you can connect with us at upcoming conferences and meetings to talk about your projects, see our presentations, or just to say hello. – MARquee News Highlights

Save the Date for the next NNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, coming up on November 20, 2019! Follow #CiteNLM to get the latest details as they become available.

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

Resources You Can Use: Youth Emergency Preparedness – NER Update

Consumer Health Minute: Health Literacy Month – The Dragonfly, News from the Northwest and Beyond, by PNR

NLM/NIH News

Defining the Path Forward for NLM’s New Office of Engagement and Training – Since OET was established in June 2019, our team has been occupied with moving into our new space, getting to know one another, exploring the depth and capacity of the resources we have to accomplish our goals, discussing what the future holds for our role in coordinating engagement activities, and reflecting as a team on the niche we fill for NLM. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine 

New Grants Explore Benefits of Music on Health – Dr. Francis Collins remarks on his experience of singing a duet with renowned opera singer Renée Fleming at the NIH’s J. Edward Rall Cultural Lecture, and exciting opportunities for incorporating music into health research. – NIH Director’s Blog

Subscribe to the NLM Technical Bulletin for the latest updates on NLM tools you may be using! The current issue recently highlighted new resources available in the NLM Digital Collections.

NIH News in Health: Read the September 2019 issue, featuring, “Teen Suicide: Understanding the Risk and Getting Help,” and, “Preventing Falls: Tips to Keep You on Your Feet.”

September is Go4Life Month! Sponsored by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), this year’s theme is Get Motivated! Get Moving! Go4Life! The overall goal of Go4Life Month is to promote the importance of regular physical activity as a key component of healthy aging. Your organization may choose to celebrate the month with a single activity or with multiple activities, by spreading the word, or by engaging directly with older adults. Go4Life Month activities that involve older adults should be movement-oriented, but they should also be informational and even inspirational. Get moving with Go4Life!

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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

September 2019

Registration closing soon! Cooking Classes without a Kitchen – September 24, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Cooking programs are a great way to provide nutritional and health information to patrons, as well as celebrate cuisines from different cultures. They’re also a lot of fun and very interactive opportunities where patrons can learn from each other. However, not every library is fortunate enough to have a kitchen programming space. This webinar with the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) will explore some ideas for how a library without a kitchen can still provide great food programs for their patrons.

Finding Clinically-Relevant Genetic Information – September 25, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Join the MidContinental Region (MCR) for this next installment of NNLM Resource Picks, our collaborative, bimonthly, webcast series featuring the National Library of Medicine resources! This presentation will introduce participants to resources for finding clinically-relevant genetic information, including overview and search demonstrations of three NCBI Clinical databases: ClinVar, MedGen, and the Genetic Testing Registry.

Effective Health Communication and Health Literacy: Undestanding the Connection – September 30, 1:30-2:30 PM ET – Are you curious as to why health communication and health literacy are connected? Do you want to be more effective in providing health information to consumers, patients, clients, library patrons or your community? Join the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) for this introductory class to health literacy and health communication that will help you understand and raise your awareness of the complexity of these concepts.

October 2019

Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library – October 1-November 1, 2019 – Join the MidContinental Region (MCR) for this hands-on class that will cover the health information seeking behavior of consumers and the role of the librarian in the provision of health information for the public. Come learn about the evolution of consumer health, health literacy and the e-patient. Participants will leave equipped with knowledge of top consumer health sites. This class will discuss creative ideas for health information outreach, and wrap up with an opportunity to explore effective marketing approaches and develop an elevator speech.

If You Share It, Will They Come? Quantifying and Characterizing Reuse of Biomedical Research Data – October 2, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Since the mid-2000s, new data sharing mandates have led to an increase in the amount of research data available for reuse. Reuse of data benefits the scientific community and the public by potentially speeding scientific discovery and increasing the return on investment of publicly funded research. However, despite the potential benefits of reuse and the increasing availability of data, research on the impact of data reuse is so far sparse. Sponsored by the Southeastern Atlantic Region (SEA), this talk will provide a deeper understanding of the impacts of shared biomedical research data by answering the question “what happens with datasets once they are shared?” Specifically, this talk will demonstrate that data are often reused in very different contexts than for which they were originally collected, as well as explore how patterns of reuse differ between dataset types. This talk also considers patterns of data reuse over time and the topics of the most highly reused datasets to determine whether it is possible to predict which datasets will go on to be highly reused over time. Finally, career stage and geographic location of data reusers provide an understanding of who benefits from shared research data.

How to Develop Healthy Living Programs through Shared Use Partnerships – October 3, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Shared use occurs when government entities or other organizations agree to open their facilities for use by the broader community. Librarians increasingly “share” their spaces in this way. A common example is summer meal programs, where libraries serve as meal sites, but not typically meal program sponsors. Hosted by the Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SEA), this webinar will give you the information you need to bring shared use partnerships to your library. Presenters will talk about reaching out to potential partners, how to develop memorandums of understanding, how to work through perceptions of legal liability, and how to institutionalize shared use agreements. The focus will be on shared use agreements to increase healthy living practices, particularly around Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL).

Don’t Forget Animals When Planning for Disasters – October 9, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – Experience has taught that in order to protect public safety and health we must include animals in planning for disasters. Join the South Central Region (SCR) for this talk that will provide examples highlighting the need to plan for animals in disasters. The five phases of emergency management will be discussed and the various roles of local, state and federal governments will be explained. Additionally, the types of threats that may impact animals will be covered. Examples of the partnerships needed for the effective planning for animals in disasters will be provided.

A Myth Shattering Look at Addiction, Prevention and Treatment, Based on Research – October 9, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Join the New England Region (NER) and guest presenter David Sheff, the author of Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction, for this webinar about his research and personal experience. This presentation will explore the importance of recognizing addiction as a chronic brain disease that affects the whole family. He will discuss how co-existing psychiatric disorders such as anxiety or depression can be underlying conditions and must be considered when deciding how to treat addiction. The stigma and shame attached to addiction is hindering our recovery from this public health issue. What can we learn from the past about other public health epidemics about getting rid of the stigma to make way for effective prevention and treatment?

The Tide is Rising and So are We: Stabilizing Our Communities Through Climate Change and Resilience Programming – October 15, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Libraries, as important communities centers and partners, have an important role to play in education around tough subjects including emergency preparedness, our relationship to climate change and brainstorming ideas for building community resilience. In this session with the New England Region (NER), participants will reflect on the outcomes of Climate Preparedness Week 2019 that included more than 50 library events across Massachusetts, discuss lessons learned, best practices and what you can do to help foster climate change and resilience discussions and events at your institutions.

Being a Better Ally to All – October 16, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Join the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR) for this next installment of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Nine Conversations that Matter to Health Sciences Librarians with Jessica Pettitt. Every organization has a group of stakeholders, staff, and volunteers who must foster effective communication through conflict, change, and crisis. With increased comfort and confidence, you can be prepared to hold and encourage others to have the challenging conversations that lead to better collaboration and teamwork. Developing a culture based on listening, speaking up, and taking responsibility builds teams of cooperation for the short- and long-term.

Health Insurance Literacy and How Librarians Can Help – October 16, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – Many adults have difficulty knowing how to find a physician, fill a prescription, use and pay for medications, and use health information to make informed decisions about their health. Libraries are prominent places in communities making libraries and librarians excellent resources for advancing health information literacy. Join the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR) and guest presenter Emily Vardell, Ph.D., for this webinar that will address these critical information needs.

Activate, Collaborate, and Educate: Health Outreach and Programming in Your Community – October 22, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), this course will provide an overview of ideas to conduct health outreach and create health programs for libraries and community/faith based organizations. Participants will learn how to integrate resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and other reputable agencies to introduce community members to NLM resources in fun and engaging ways.

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

Other Items of Interest

Job Posting: Information Specialist (Rural Health Information Hub), Center for Rural Health (CRH) at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND

Health Programming Highlight: Created in partnership with the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center and the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis, the new RHIhub Rural Suicide Prevention Toolkit compiles evidence-based models and resources to support organizations employing suicide prevention programs in rural communities. Learn how to implement, evaluate, and sustain suicide prevention programs in your community.

AHRQ Measures Americans’ Healthcare Spending by Going Door to Door – AHRQ Views

Stronger, Longer: Muscle Mass and Aging – September 26, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – It is estimated that most adults will lose about 30 percent of muscle mass over the course of our lifetime. Sarcopenia, or the decline of skeletal muscle tissue with age, is one of the most important causes of functional decline and loss of independence in older adults. For some, age-related muscle loss leads to difficulty walking, lifting objects, and, ultimately, living independently. For others, diseases like advanced cancer further aggravate the problem of muscle wasting, a condition called cachexia. Kicking off the National Institute on Aging’s Go4Life Month, join the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR), Go4Life and PBS Next Avenue for this free webinar that will share the latest research on sarcopenia, and tips for what you can do to sustain muscle as you grow older.

Navigating LGBTQ Adolescent Health for the Healthcare Provider – The New York State Area Health Education Center System, in collaboration with the Clinical Education Initiative, will be hosting a continuing education seminar on Saturday, October 12 in Buffalo, NY titled Navigating LGBTQ Adolescent Health for the Healthcare Provider. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth must navigate the typical challenges of adolescence while also managing the social stigma associated with their emerging sexual/gender identities. This seminar will highlight the unique health and developmental challenges of LGBTQ youth, and discuss ways to address these issues in the clinical setting. Early bird registration until September 30 for health professionals is $100 and $15 for students.

Western Pennsylvania Health Literacy Event – Visit Carlow University in Pittsburgh on Friday, October 25 to celebrate Health Literacy Month! Hosted by the Healthcare Council of Western Pennsylvania (HCWP) in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Health Literacy Coalition, this free event will feature sessions on the basics of health literacy, unconscious bias, and cultural humility. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn how to apply health literacy techniques to their personal and professional lives.

OpenCon 2019 in Philadelphia, PA – Join Temple University on November 1 for OpenCon Philly, a free one-day series of panels and interactive workshops for idea exchange and learning around open access, open education, and open data. Connect with regional colleagues and find future collaborators as you share success stories, learn from each other’s failures, and discuss challenges in your work towards making research, educational materials, data, and government information more equitable and accessible to all. This event is free and open to all. RSVP to stay in the loop and be notified of the call for presentations! A registration form will be forthcoming closer to the event.

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Weekly Postings

Fri, 2019-09-13 12:17

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

Spotlight

Health Programming in Public Libraries Award: The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR) invites applications from Community Based Organizations (CBOs) with existing health programs, to support health programming in public libraries. Read the full Request for Proposal and apply by September 20 at noon ET.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

In the Region: Fall Travel – MAR staff are hitting the road! Learn where you can connect with us at upcoming conferences and meetings to talk about your projects, see our presentations, or just to say hello. – MARquee News Highlights

Save the Date for the next NNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, coming up on November 20, 2019! Follow #CiteNLM to get the latest details as they become available.

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

DataFlash: NNLM’s RD3 Website – RDM 101 Course Material Available for Non-Course Registrants – The Dragonfly, News from the Northwest and Beyond, by PNR

Update on EFTS Continuation – DOCLINE Talkline

New on YouTube: Understanding the Opioid Crisis: Where Do I Begin? August 20, 2019

NLM/NIH News

NLM Scientists Contribute to AI for Medical Image Interpretation – AI—or, more specifically, machine learning-based automated intelligent decision support—is making inroads in applications that we could only dream about just a few decades ago, such as automated check recognition, movie and video recommendations, and self-driving vehicles. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Scientists’ Mind-Body Problems: Lobotomy, Science, and the Digital Humanities – Miriam Posner, Ph.D. will give the annual James H. Cassedy Memorial Lecture in the History of Medicine this month. Dr. Posner is Assistant Professor, Information Studies Department, University of California Los Angeles. Circulating Now interviewed her about her research and upcoming lecture. – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

Teaming Magnetic Bacteria with Nanoparticles for Better Drug Delivery – Nanoparticles hold great promise for delivering next-generation therapeutics, including those based on CRISPR gene editing tools. The challenge is how to guide these tiny particles through the bloodstream and into the right target tissues. Now, scientists are enlisting some surprising partners in this quest: magnetic bacteria! – NIH Director’s Blog

Subscribe to the NLM Technical Bulletin for the latest updates on NLM tools you may be using! The current issue recently highlighted new resources available in the NLM Digital Collections.

All of Us Updates: Read the September 2019 Newsletter from the All of Us Research Program to get updates on the program, and learn more about highlighted health topics like Pain Awareness month.

NIH News in Health: Read the September 2019 issue, featuring, “Teen Suicide: Understanding the Risk and Getting Help,” and, “Preventing Falls: Tips to Keep You on Your Feet.”

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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

September 2019

Navigating the publishing landscape: Nuances of open access and “predatory” publishing – September 17, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SEA), this session will demystify the changing landscape of scholarly publishing, in particular, the rise of open access and “predatory” publishing. Predatory publishing is a term often used to describe journal publishers who engage in unethical or deceptive practices in order to make a profit. Alongside obvious publishing scams, emerging practices of established publishers, such as cascading and mirror journals, are also generating confusion and questions from both librarians and authors. Using a “train the trainer” model, attendees will learn to navigate this nuanced landscape of scholarly communication.

Family Focused Addiction Support Training: Getting your Life Back – September 17, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – In this webinar with the New England Region (NER), guest presenter Maureen Cavanagh will introduce you to her newest project, Family Focused Addiction Support Training (FFAST). FFAST is a family-focused intervention designed to define and increase fluency in the language of recovery, educate on substance use disorders, and provide resources for self-care for those affected by a another’s substance use disorder. Learning the steps to care for yourself is essential in being a healthy, empathetic and effective supporter to your loved one, patient or student.

Are you podcasting? – September 18, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – As an alternative to radio or music playlists and primarily on mobile devices, people listen to various types of podcasts for enlightenment, learning or enjoyment. With looming board exams, pop quizzes and the need to understand basic human physiology, medical students face numerous stressors during their clinical years. This moderated webinar with the SoutheasternAtlantic Region (SEA) will provide an example of how two students found a unique outlet to cope with the high-intensity onslaught of medical education. The webinar’s goal is to inspire health sciences librarians to embrace podcast platforms as another means of teaching aspects of library orientation and instruction.

Magnet Facilities and the Role Library Liaisons Can Play – September 18, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Magnet Recognition, offered by the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center (ANCC), is the highest recognition for nursing excellence. In a Magnet-designated organization, nurses are engaged, supported, and empowered in a spirit of clinical inquiry to translate best evidence to the bedside in order to provide high-level patient care and improve clinical outcomes. To achieve this recognition, a facility must provide education and development for nurses at every level in their career to be more autonomous at the bedside and provide the best patient care. Evidence-based practice training provides ripe opportunities for librarians to partner with hospital-based nurse educators to drive evidence-based practice. Sponsored by the Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SEA), this webinar will focus on providing participants with a greater understanding of the Magnet Recognition Program and identify how librarians can play key roles to partner with nurses in Magnet-designated organizations or organizations on the Magnet journey.

Wellness Works! The Importance of a Healthy Workplace for Healthy and Happy Library Staff – September 18, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – Libraries typically focus on the wellness of their communities and are not always considering how library staff are coping with workplace change, work-life balance, stress, and overall health and wellness. However, library staff are the key component to the library’s success so their well-being should be of utmost concern. Join the MidContinental Region (MCR) and guest presenters Quanetta Batts and Steven Potter as they discuss how implementing a variety of health and wellness practices in their libraries have had a positive impact on their library employees.

ClinicalTrials.gov: Results Reporting, Unique Evidence, and the Role of Medical Librarians – September 19, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – ClinicalTrials.gov is the openly available federal registry and results database of publicly and privately funded clinical studies conducted in the United States and around the world. ClinicalTrials.gov is a vital resource for researchers, healthcare providers, and health sciences librarians who wish to consult the entire body of evidence on any particular topic. Sponsored by the Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SEA), this training will discuss the significance of ClinicalTrials.gov, demonstrate how to search and interpret the results database, and explore how health sciences librarians can advocate the importance of complying with the results submission requirements.

Cooking Classes without a Kitchen – September 24, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Cooking programs are a great way to provide nutritional and health information to patrons, as well as celebrate cuisines from different cultures. They’re also a lot of fun and very interactive opportunities where patrons can learn from each other. However, not every library is fortunate enough to have a kitchen programming space. This webinar with the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) will explore some ideas for how a library without a kitchen can still provide great food programs for their patrons.

Finding Clinically-Relevant Genetic Information – September 25, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Join the MidContinental Region (MCR) for this next installment of NNLM Resource Picks, our collaborative, bimonthly, webcast series featuring the National Library of Medicine resources! This presentation will introduce participants to resources for finding clinically-relevant genetic information, including overview and search demonstrations of three NCBI Clinical databases: ClinVar, MedGen, and the Genetic Testing Registry.

Effective Health Communication and Health Literacy: Undestanding the Connection – September 30, 1:30-2:30 PM ET – Are you curious as to why health communication and health literacy are connected? Do you want to be more effective in providing health information to consumers, patients, clients, library patrons or your community? Join the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) for this introductory class to health literacy and health communication that will help you understand and raise your awareness of the complexity of these concepts.

October 2019

Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library – October 1-November 1, 2019 – Join the MidContinental Region (MCR) for this hands-on class that will cover the health information seeking behavior of consumers and the role of the librarian in the provision of health information for the public. Come learn about the evolution of consumer health, health literacy and the e-patient. Participants will leave equipped with knowledge of top consumer health sites. This class will discuss creative ideas for health information outreach, and wrap up with an opportunity to explore effective marketing approaches and develop an elevator speech.

How to Develop Healthy Living Programs through Shared Use Partnerships – October 3, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Shared use occurs when government entities or other organizations agree to open their facilities for use by the broader community. Librarians increasingly “share” their spaces in this way. A common example is summer meal programs, where libraries serve as meal sites, but not typically meal program sponsors. Hosted by the Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SEA), this webinar will give you the information you need to bring shared use partnerships to your library. Presenters will talk about reaching out to potential partners, how to develop memorandums of understanding, how to work through perceptions of legal liability, and how to institutionalize shared use agreements. The focus will be on shared use agreements to increase healthy living practices, particularly around Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL).

Don’t Forget Animals When Planning for Disasters – October 9, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – Experience has taught that in order to protect public safety and health we must include animals in planning for disasters. Join the South Central Region (SCR) for this talk that will provide examples highlighting the need to plan for animals in disasters. The five phases of emergency management will be discussed and the various roles of local, state and federal governments will be explained. Additionally, the types of threats that may impact animals will be covered. Examples of the partnerships needed for the effective planning for animals in disasters will be provided.

Activate, Collaborate, and Educate: Health Outreach and Programming in Your Community – October 22, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), this course will provide an overview of ideas to conduct health outreach and create health programs for libraries and community/faith based organizations. Participants will learn how to integrate resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and other reputable agencies to introduce community members to NLM resources in fun and engaging ways.

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

Other Items of Interest

Job Postings:

Health Programming Highlight: Interested in promoting health observances with a focus on underserved populations? This month, the Office of Minority Health (OMH) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) offer downloadable materials, videos, social media graphics and webinars to promote Hispanic Heritage, Sickle Cell Awareness, Food Safety Education and National Childhood Obesity Month. Use these tools to expand your capacity for health programming!

September National Health Observances: Childhood Obesity, Substance Use Recovery, and Food Safety – health.gov, from the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

Libraries, Literacy, and the Pursuit of Healthiness – WNYLRC Watch, News and stories from the WNY library community

Navigating LGBTQ Adolescent Health for the Healthcare Provider – The New York State Area Health Education Center System, in collaboration with the Clinical Education Initiative, will be hosting a continuing education seminar on Saturday, October 12 in Buffalo, NY titled Navigating LGBTQ Adolescent Health for the Healthcare Provider. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth must navigate the typical challenges of adolescence while also managing the social stigma associated with their emerging sexual/gender identities. This seminar will highlight the unique health and developmental challenges of LGBTQ youth, and discuss ways to address these issues in the clinical setting. Early bird registration until September 30 for health professionals is $100 and $15 for students.

Western Pennsylvania Health Literacy Event – Visit Carlow University in Pittsburgh on Friday, October 25 to celebrate Health Literacy Month! Hosted by the Healthcare Council of Western Pennsylvania (HCWP) in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Health Literacy Coalition, this free event will feature sessions on the basics of health literacy, unconscious bias, and cultural humility. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn how to apply health literacy techniques to their personal and professional lives.

OpenCon 2019 in Philadelphia, PA – Join Temple University on November 1 for OpenCon Philly, a free one-day series of panels and interactive workshops for idea exchange and learning around open access, open education, and open data. Connect with regional colleagues and find future collaborators as you share success stories, learn from each other’s failures, and discuss challenges in your work towards making research, educational materials, data, and government information more equitable and accessible to all. This event is free and open to all. RSVP to stay in the loop and be notified of the call for presentations! A registration form will be forthcoming closer to the event.

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

Categories: RML Blogs

In the Region: Fall Travel

Wed, 2019-09-11 05:00

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

Kate Flewelling, Executive Director: Fall is my favorite time of year because I get to see so many of our members! On September 6, I started my fall travel season with a lunch with local NNLM Members and Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD, Director, National Library of Medicine, followed by a lecture by Dr. Brennan at Stony Brook University. From October 5-7, I will attend the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association (MAC MLA) in Durham, NC, and begin my one-year term as Chapter Chair. I look forward to seeing other health sciences library colleagues at the NY-NJ Chapter of MLA on November 6 at Rutgers University, and the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) on November 8, followed by a MAR Directors meeting on November 9, in Phoenix, AZ. At the Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA) conference from October 13-16 in Erie, PA, I will have multiple opportunities to meet with academic, public and other library staff. I hope if you are attending that conference, you will stop by the NNLM MAR exhibit, attend the NNLM MAR presentation “No License, No Problem! Trusted Online Health Resources” or hear me talk about funding opportunities as part of the “Building Partnerships: Funding Opportunities for Maximum Impact” panel.

Michael Balkenhol, Health Programming Coordinator: We are gearing up for fall travel here at MAR. Hope to see you somewhere along the way! On September 10, I’m heading to Buffalo, NY to lead an in-person training as they kick off their NNLM funded project – Libraries, Literacy and the Pursuit of Healthiness: A Western New York Health Information Literacy Outreach Project. From September 16-19, I’m in Indianapolis for the Collaborative Summer Library Program’s (CSLP) Annual Conference. I’m looking forward to exhibiting at the NJ Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (NJAAP) School Health Conference on October 16 in Somerset, NJ. On October 29, I’m excited to lead health programming discussions at Brooklyn Public Library as they kick off their NNLM funded project – Libraries Build Healthy Communities. If you are heading to the New York Library Association (NYLA) Conference in Saratoga Springs in November, you can see me at the NNLM exhibit booth or at two sessions – Citizen Science for Libraries and Youth Services Table Talks!

Michelle Burda, Education & Health Literacy Coordinator: My October travels start with a trip to NYC to attend the Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Manhattan and the Bronx Health Sciences Librarians (BQSIMB) fall meeting on October 16. It is always nice to update and share with our members what is happening at MAR, NNLM and NLM. Then it is on to Nashville, TN and the Health Care Education Conference (HCEA), Striking a Chord: Creating Harmony in Patient Education, October 23-25. I will be a presenting a program on grants and proposal writing with my colleague, Dana Abbey from the MidContinental Region (MCR). I was also on the planning committee for this biennial national conference and I will be anxious to see how all our attendees respond to the programs and all of the many decisions we made to deliver a great experience. In Pittsburgh I will be exhibiting and presenting at the Where to Turn Resource Fair on October 8, a bi-annual Exhibitor Fair and Lecture Series for Service Professionals. Lastly, I will be talking to a group of seniors during a Lunch and Learn at the South Hills Public Library on October 30, promoting our services and our programs like All of Us and MedlinePlus.

Kelsey Cowles, Academic Coordinator: I am looking forward to getting into the swing of things with a busy fall travel season! The season kicked off on September 6, when I attended a lecture by Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD, Director of the National Library of Medicine, and a lunch with NNLM members in Stony Brook, NY. From October 1-3 I will be attending the National Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS) meeting in Hershey, PA. Next, I will be in Erie, PA from October 13-16 for the Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA) annual meeting, where you can find me at the NNLM MAR exhibit table or assisting with the NNLM MAR presentation, “No License, No Problem! Trusted Online Health Resources” on the afternoon of the 14th. From October 23-25 I’ll be in Watkins Glen for the meeting of the Upstate New York & Ontario Chapter (UNYOC) of the MLA. My fall travel will wrap up in early November with a visit to Philadelphia for OpenCon (November 1) and the NY-NJ Chapter of MLA at Rutgers University (November 5-6).  I would love to meet as many of you as possible this fall, so please introduce yourself at an NNLM MAR exhibit table or reach out if you’ll be at one of these events!

Erin Seger, Health Professions Coordinator: September is here and in the NNLM MAR office, this means we’re all getting ready to hit the road for fall events. In late September, I am speaking at the New York State Area Health Education Center Advisory Board meeting about the number of ways that we can support AHECs and their community partners. On September 26, I will attend the New York State Association of Rural Health (NYSARH) Annual Conference in Niagara Falls, NY. From October 1-3 I will be in Hershey, PA with Academic Coordinator, Kelsey Cowles to exhibit at the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS) conference. In November I will be attending the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Conference in Philadelphia, PA. At APHA, I will moderate and present as part of the session titled, “Improving Health through Collaboration: Libraries and Public Health“. Four NNLM MAR members will also present at this session, so if you’re attending, I hope you stop by!

Connect with MAR at an Upcoming Event

Please introduce yourself at any of these meetings! If you would like to schedule a few minutes to speak with us about your projects and partnership opportunities, contact us.

  • CSLP, September 16-19: Michael Balkenhol
  • NYSARH, September 26: Erin Seger
  • NEAFCS, October 1-3: Kelsey Cowles, Erin Seger
  • MAC MLA, October 5-7: Kate Flewelling
  • PaLA, October 13-16: Kate Flewelling, Kelsey Cowles
  • BQSIMB, October 16: Michelle Burda
  • NJAAP School Health, October 16: Michael Balkenhol
  • UNYOC MLA, October 23-25: Kelsey Cowles
  • HCEA, October 23-25: Michelle Burda
  • OpenCon, November 1: Kelsey Cowles
  • APHA, November 4-6: Erin Seger
  • NY/NJ MLA, November 6: Kate Flewelling, Kelsey Cowles
  • AAHSL, November 8: Kate Flewelling
  • NYLA, November 14-16: Michael Balkenhol
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Weekly Postings

Fri, 2019-09-06 11:51

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

Spotlight

Health Programming in Public Libraries Award: The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR) invites applications from Community Based Organizations (CBOs) with existing health programs, to support health programming in public libraries. Read the full Request for Proposal and apply by September 20 at noon ET.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

Save the Date for the next NNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, coming up on November 20, 2019! Follow #CiteNLM to get the latest details as they become available.

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

Explore Healthy Aging with the NNLM Reading Club – MARquee News Highlights

Regarding Upcoming PubMed Webinars – The Dragonfly, News from the Northwest and Beyond, by PNR

New on YouTube: Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC): Disaster Health Literature, July 31, 2019

NLM/NIH News

Taking Flight: NLM’s Data Science Journey – In 2018, we embarked on a journey to build a workforce ready to take on the challenges of data-driven research and health, and earlier this year we shared our plans for accelerating data science expertise at NLM. Now, it’s time to reflect on our progress and recognize our accomplishments. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Actor Mädchen Amick Talks Mental Health in NIH MedlinePlus Magazine – The current issue of NIH MedlinePlus magazine brings you Riverdale and Twin Peaks actress Mädchen Amick talking about the stigma of mental health disorders and her son’s bipolar disorder. Amick opens up about her son’s situation, advocates for NIH research, and shares her message of hope. – NLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

A “Commentary” on Lambertus on Aquinas on Aristotle – Jorge of Burgos, the scholar-villain of Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose, damned Aristotle (384–322 BCE): “Every book by that man has destroyed a part of the learning that Christianity has accumulated over the centuries.” With such a driving hatred Jorge embarked on a series of murders to suppress the philosopher’s book on humor. – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

Using MicroRNA to Starve a Tumor? – Tumor cells thrive by exploiting the willingness of normal cells in their neighborhood to act as accomplices. One of their sneakier stunts involves tricking the body into helping them form new blood vessels. This growth-enabling process of sprouting new blood vessels, called tumor angiogenesis, remains a vital area of cancer research and continues to yield important clues into how to beat this deadly disease. – NIH Director’s Blog

NIMH Announces New Clinical Research Toolbox – The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) recently developed a Clinical Research Toolbox designed to assist clinical investigators with the development of clinical research studies. It contains resources such as National Institutes of Health (NIH) and NIMH policy and guidance documents, templates, sample forms, site monitoring documents, and other materials.

All of Us Research Program Seeks Public Input to Inform Tribal Collaborations – Through this Request for Information, the program seeks further input on the issues raised during the consultation, which include, among others, the importance of proper handling of American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) biospecimens in accordance with Tribal beliefs and traditions, challenges with handling data from self-identified AI/AN individuals, and educating the research community on avoidance of stigmatizing research.

Subscribe to the NLM Technical Bulletin for the latest updates on NLM tools you may be using! The current issue recently highlighted new resources available in the NLM Digital Collections.

NIH News in Health: The September 2019 issue is now available, featuring, “Teen Suicide: Understanding the Risk and Getting Help,” and, “Preventing Falls: Tips to Keep You on Your Feet.”

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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

September 2019

“Seeing” your Search: Visualization Techniques for Exploring PubMed Search Results – September 10, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – In this webinar with the Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SEA) presenters will use visualization methods to explore the aggregate qualities of PubMed results. Techniques such as Venn diagrams and line charts can yield important insights into a search by giving us an overview of our results at a glance. You will also see how using these techniques in an interactive way can help guide the process of refining a search strategy.

A Beginner’s Guide to Genes and Sequences at NCBI – September 11, 12:00-12:45 PM ET – Interested in learning about genes and sequences but don’t know how to begin? Sponsored by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), this webinar is intended for people with limited experience working with sequence information, and will provide you with basic knowledge on how to find and compare nucleotide and protein sequences. You will learn about the kinds of data available for genes and sequences, how to select the most informative records, and how to find related genes and sequences using pre-computed information and the BLAST sequence search service.

Getting Started with Information Outreach in Your Community: An Introduction – September 12, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Greater Midwest Region (GMR), this class will provide a background in cultural competence and outreach skills for librarians making outreach efforts to underserved, underrepresented minority populations in their community. The goal of this course is to offer concrete ideas that will enable librarians to initiate outreach programs with these populations. Topics include locating community demographics, the importance of developing relationships, the basics of building and developing community-based partnerships, recognition and acceptance of cultural differences, and the importance of cultural competency.

Navigating the publishing landscape: Nuances of open access and “predatory” publishing – September 17, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SEA), this session will demystify the changing landscape of scholarly publishing, in particular, the rise of open access and “predatory” publishing. Predatory publishing is a term often used to describe journal publishers who engage in unethical or deceptive practices in order to make a profit. Alongside obvious publishing scams, emerging practices of established publishers, such as cascading and mirror journals, are also generating confusion and questions from both librarians and authors. Using a “train the trainer” model, attendees will learn to navigate this nuanced landscape of scholarly communication.

Family Focused Addiction Support Training: Getting your Life Back – September 17, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – In this webinar with the New England Region (NER), guest presenter Maureen Cavanagh will introduce you to her newest project, Family Focused Addiction Support Training (FFAST). FFAST is a family-focused intervention designed to define and increase fluency in the language of recovery, educate on substance use disorders, and provide resources for self-care for those affected by a another’s substance use disorder. Learning the steps to care for yourself is essential in being a healthy, empathetic and effective supporter to your loved one, patient or student.

Are you podcasting? – September 18, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – As an alternative to radio or music playlists and primarily on mobile devices, people listen to various types of podcasts for enlightenment, learning or enjoyment. With looming board exams, pop quizzes and the need to understand basic human physiology, medical students face numerous stressors during their clinical years. This moderated webinar with the SoutheasternAtlantic Region (SEA) will provide an example of how two students found a unique outlet to cope with the high-intensity onslaught of medical education. The webinar’s goal is to inspire health sciences librarians to embrace podcast platforms as another means of teaching aspects of library orientation and instruction.

ClinicalTrials.gov: Results Reporting, Unique Evidence, and the Role of Medical Librarians – September 19, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – ClinicalTrials.gov is the openly available federal registry and results database of publicly and privately funded clinical studies conducted in the United States and around the world. ClinicalTrials.gov is a vital resource for researchers, healthcare providers, and health sciences librarians who wish to consult the entire body of evidence on any particular topic. Sponsored by the Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SEA), this training will discuss the significance of ClinicalTrials.gov, demonstrate how to search and interpret the results database, and explore how health sciences librarians can advocate the importance of complying with the results submission requirements.

Cooking Classes without a Kitchen – September 24, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Cooking programs are a great way to provide nutritional and health information to patrons, as well as celebrate cuisines from different cultures. They’re also a lot of fun and very interactive opportunities where patrons can learn from each other. However, not every library is fortunate enough to have a kitchen programming space. This webinar with the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) will explore some ideas for how a library without a kitchen can still provide great food programs for their patrons.

Finding Clinically-Relevant Genetic Information – September 25, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Join the MidContinental Region (MCR) for this next installment of NNLM Resource Picks, our collaborative, bimonthly, webcast series featuring the National Library of Medicine resources! This presentation will introduce participants to resources for finding clinically-relevant genetic information, including overview and search demonstrations of three NCBI Clinical databases: ClinVar, MedGen, and the Genetic Testing Registry.

October 2019

Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library – October 1-November 1, 2019 – Join the MidContinental Region (MCR) for this hands-on class that will cover the health information seeking behavior of consumers and the role of the librarian in the provision of health information for the public. Come learn about the evolution of consumer health, health literacy and the e-patient. Participants will leave equipped with knowledge of top consumer health sites. This class will discuss creative ideas for health information outreach, and wrap up with an opportunity to explore effective marketing approaches and develop an elevator speech.

Activate, Collaborate, and Educate: Health Outreach and Programming in Your Community – October 22, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), this course will provide an overview of ideas to conduct health outreach and create health programs for libraries and community/faith based organizations. Participants will learn how to integrate resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and other reputable agencies to introduce community members to NLM resources in fun and engaging ways.

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

Other Items of Interest

Job Posting: Research and Instruction Librarian (4 positions), University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System (HSLS), Pittsburgh, PA

Navigating LGBTQ Adolescent Health for the Healthcare Provider – The New York State Area Health Education Center System, in collaboration with the Clinical Education Initiative, will be hosting a continuing education seminar on Saturday, October 12 in Buffalo, NY titled Navigating LGBTQ Adolescent Health for the Healthcare Provider. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth must navigate the typical challenges of adolescence while also managing the social stigma associated with their emerging sexual/gender identities. This seminar will highlight the unique health and developmental challenges of LGBTQ youth, and discuss ways to address these issues in the clinical setting. Early bird registration until September 30 for health professionals is $100 and $15 for students.

Western Pennsylvania Health Literacy Event – Visit Carlow University in Pittsburgh on Friday, October 25 to celebrate Health Literacy Month! Hosted by the Healthcare Council of Western Pennsylvania (HCWP) in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Health Literacy Coalition, this free event will feature sessions on the basics of health literacy, unconscious bias, and cultural humility. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn how to apply health literacy techniques to their personal and professional lives.

OpenCon 2019 in Philadelphia, PA – Join Temple University on November 1 for OpenCon Philly, a free one-day series of panels and interactive workshops for idea exchange and learning around open access, open education, and open data. Connect with regional colleagues and find future collaborators as you share success stories, learn from each other’s failures, and discuss challenges in your work towards making research, educational materials, data, and government information more equitable and accessible to all. This event is free and open to all. RSVP to stay in the loop and be notified of the call for presentations! A registration form will be forthcoming closer to the event.

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

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Explore Healthy Aging with the NNLM Reading Club

Tue, 2019-09-03 11:23

 

The NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network has announced three book selections in support of Healthy Aging.

  • Women Rowing North by Mary Pipher
  • Elderhood by Louise Aronson
  • The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 ¼ Years Old by Hendrik Groen

three book covers

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, all baby boomers will be older than age 65 by 2030. This will expand the size of the older population so that 1 in every 5 persons will be a senior. How can you successfully navigate the advancing years? Practice healthy aging:

  • Be physically active
  • Make smart food choices
  • Get regular health screenings
  • Participate in activities you enjoy

During September – or any month – help get the conversation started in support of healthy aging. Choose one of the three NNLM Reading club books, download the discussion guide, and share health information and programming, or apply for a free NNLM Reading Club Book Kit!

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Weekly Postings

Thu, 2019-08-29 10:59

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

Spotlight

Health Programming in Public Libraries Award: The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR) invites applications from Community Based Organizations (CBOs) with existing health programs, to support health programming in public libraries. Read the full Request for Proposal and apply by September 20 at noon ET.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

Save the Date for the next NNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, coming up on November 20, 2019! Follow #CiteNLM to get the latest details as they become available.

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

In the Region – Thanks to the work of Health Professions Coordinator Erin Seger, this summer NNLM MAR was approved as a provider of continuing education for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) for the next 2 years! Read about more of our recent activities to learn what your Regional Medical Library is doing to support health outreach and programming in NY, NJ, PA and DE. – MARquee News Highlights

New on YouTube: From A(ddiction) to Z(its): Supporting Teens with Health Information, July 26, 2019

NLM/NIH News

Hear Ye, Hear Ye! NLM’s Summer Town Hall – Twice a year, leadership at NLM invites the 1,700 women and men who work for the Library to a Town Hall meeting. These meetings provide an opportunity for leadership to announce new initiatives and demonstrate accountability to our team, and for staff to ask questions and share ideas, concerns, and even words of appreciation. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

NLM Celebrates Acquisition of Selma and Lois DeBakey Papers – The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has acquired the papers of sisters Selma and Lois DeBakey, PhD, pioneers in biomedical communications who used humor as one of their signature teaching techniques. These remarkable women also wrote extensively about the responsibilities of authors, editors, and reviewers and on topics such as literary ethics and etiquette. – NLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Leather Bindings: Conservation Research on Tanning – Have you noticed that books bound before the mid-19th century are in better condition than those bound after the mid-19th century? Seemingly simple questions have an interesting way of developing into larger, more complex questions. To answer a question like, “What do you think causes dyes to fade on leather bindings?” you must tease it out into a cascade of specific, testable questions about dyes, tanning processes, leather degradation, and time. – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

The Amazing Brain: Making Up for Lost Vision – This video outlines a new strategy aimed at restoring loss of central vision in people with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of vision loss among people age 50 and older. The researchers’ ultimate goal is to give such people the ability to see the faces of their loved ones or possibly even read again. – NIH Director’s Blog

Subscribe to the NLM Technical Bulletin for the latest updates on NLM tools you may be using. The current issue recently highlighted updates to PubMed Labs that improved search filters, and a new milestone for PubMed – the 30 millionth journal citation!

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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

September 2019

Reflections on Bioinformatics Librarianship – September 4, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – A growing number of librarians are filling a special niche in the information world: serving those who work with genetic and molecular biology information. In this one-hour webinar with the NNLM Training Office (NTO) and NLM Office of Engagement and Training (OET), librarians will reflect on the practice and future of this specialized and uniquely valuable role of the librarian providing bioinformatics support.

“Seeing” your Search: Visualization Techniques for Exploring PubMed Search Results – September 10, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – In this webinar with the Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SEA) presenters will use visualization methods to explore the aggregate qualities of PubMed results. Techniques such as Venn diagrams and line charts can yield important insights into a search by giving us an overview of our results at a glance. You will also see how using these techniques in an interactive way can help guide the process of refining a search strategy.

Getting Started with Information Outreach in Your Community: An Introduction – September 12, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Greater Midwest Region (GMR), this class will provide a background in cultural competence and outreach skills for librarians making outreach efforts to underserved, underrepresented minority populations in their community. The goal of this course is to offer concrete ideas that will enable librarians to initiate outreach programs with these populations. Topics include locating community demographics, the importance of developing relationships, the basics of building and developing community-based partnerships, recognition and acceptance of cultural differences, and the importance of cultural competency.

Navigating the publishing landscape: Nuances of open access and “predatory” publishing – September 17, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SEA), this session will demystify the changing landscape of scholarly publishing, in particular, the rise of open access and “predatory” publishing. Predatory publishing is a term often used to describe journal publishers who engage in unethical or deceptive practices in order to make a profit. Alongside obvious publishing scams, emerging practices of established publishers, such as cascading and mirror journals, are also generating confusion and questions from both librarians and authors. Using a “train the trainer” model, attendees will learn to navigate this nuanced landscape of scholarly communication.

Family Focused Addiction Support Training: Getting your Life Back – September 17, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – In this webinar with the New England Region (NER), guest presenter Maureen Cavanagh will introduce you to her newest project, Family Focused Addiction Support Training (FFAST). FFAST is a family-focused intervention designed to define and increase fluency in the language of recovery, educate on substance use disorders, and provide resources for self-care for those affected by a another’s substance use disorder. Learning the steps to care for yourself is essential in being a healthy, empathetic and effective supporter to your loved one, patient or student.

Are you podcasting? – September 18, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – As an alternative to radio or music playlists and primarily on mobile devices, people listen to various types of podcasts for enlightenment, learning or enjoyment. With looming board exams, pop quizzes and the need to understand basic human physiology, medical students face numerous stressors during their clinical years. This moderated webinar with the SoutheasternAtlantic Region (SEA) will provide an example of how two students found a unique outlet to cope with the high-intensity onslaught of medical education. The webinar’s goal is to inspire health sciences librarians to embrace podcast platforms as another means of teaching aspects of library orientation and instruction.

ECRI Guidelines Trust – September 18, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Medical librarians are one of the largest user groups of the ECRI Guidelines Trust. So why not take advantage of all the Trust has to offer in terms of evidence-based clinical practice guideline content? Join this webinar with the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) to hear directly from the creators of the Trust and learn how this guideline repository can facilitate your searches for up-to-date clinical practice guidelines. They will take you on a tour of their site’s content and capabilities, and share latest search features and enhancements developed with a librarian audience in mind.

ClinicalTrials.gov: Results Reporting, Unique Evidence, and the Role of Medical Librarians – September 19, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – ClinicalTrials.gov is the openly available federal registry and results database of publicly and privately funded clinical studies conducted in the United States and around the world. ClinicalTrials.gov is a vital resource for researchers, healthcare providers, and health sciences librarians who wish to consult the entire body of evidence on any particular topic. Sponsored by the Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SEA), this training will discuss the significance of ClinicalTrials.gov, demonstrate how to search and interpret the results database, and explore how health sciences librarians can advocate the importance of complying with the results submission requirements.

Cooking Classes without a Kitchen – September 24, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Cooking programs are a great way to provide nutritional and health information to patrons, as well as celebrate cuisines from different cultures. They’re also a lot of fun and very interactive opportunities where patrons can learn from each other. However, not every library is fortunate enough to have a kitchen programming space. This webinar with the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) will explore some ideas for how a library without a kitchen can still provide great food programs for their patrons.

Finding Clinically-Relevant Genetic Information – September 25, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Join the MidContinental Region (MCR) for this next installment of NNLM Resource Picks, our collaborative, bimonthly, webcast series featuring the National Library of Medicine resources! This presentation will introduce participants to resources for finding clinically-relevant genetic information, including overview and search demonstrations of three NCBI Clinical databases: ClinVar, MedGen, and the Genetic Testing Registry.

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

Other Items of Interest

Collaboration Launches Interactive Nature Program for Allegheny County Children and Families – Compendium, News for Pennsylvania Libraries

Troubleshooting Systematic Reviews: Refining the Search – September 5, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – How do you refine a systematic review search to make sure you are capturing articles that meet your eligibility criteria? How do you troubleshoot a search that is failing to retrieve known articles significant to your topic? How do you revise searches based on researcher feedback? How do you compare strategies for capturing additional articles? Join Margaret Foster and Sarah Jewell for the second of two webinars that address these and other troublesome questions that librarians interested in consulting on systematic reviews will want to answer. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

AJPH Call for Proposals: Special Issue about Health Misinformation on Social Media – The American Journal of Public Health (AJPH), in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute, intends to publish a special issue focusing on research that can help us better understand and address the proliferation of health misinformation on social media. If you are interested in contributing to this special issue, please send an extended proposal to Ms. Anna Gaysynsky, Assistant Guest Editor, at Anna.Gaysynsky@nih.gov by 11:59 PM ET on Friday, August 30.

Western Pennsylvania Health Literacy Event – Visit Carlow University in Pittsburgh on Friday, October 25 to celebrate Health Literacy Month! Hosted by the Healthcare Council of Western Pennsylvania (HCWP) in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Health Literacy Coalition, this free event will feature sessions on the basics of health literacy, unconscious bias, and cultural humility. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn how to apply health literacy techniques to their personal and professional lives.

OpenCon 2019 in Philadelphia, PA – Join Temple University on November 1 for OpenCon Philly, a free one-day series of panels and interactive workshops for idea exchange and learning around open access, open education, and open data. Connect with regional colleagues and find future collaborators as you share success stories, learn from each other’s failures, and discuss challenges in your work towards making research, educational materials, data, and government information more equitable and accessible to all. This event is free and open to all. RSVP to stay in the loop and be notified of the call for presentations! A registration form will be forthcoming closer to the event.

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

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Funding available to support Community Based Organizations

Fri, 2019-08-23 09:01

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR) invites applications from Community Based Organizations to support health programming in public libraries. The purpose of the Health Programming in Public Libraries Award is to fund Community Based Organizations (CBOs) to incorporate MedlinePlus and information about the All of Us Research Program into existing health programming. Funded CBOs would then offer programs in public libraries within the Middle Atlantic Region (Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania).

  • Period of Performance: October 1, 2019 – April 30, 2020
  • Due Date: September 20, 2019 Noon ET
  • Notification of Awards: September 30, 2019

Amount: Up to $19,500

Eligibility:
  • Community Based Organizations having a 501(c)(3) status with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), other than institutions of higher education and libraries, or
  • Cooperative Extension Service

Eligible organizations must have existing health programming that is offered to the public and be Network members in the Middle Atlantic Region (Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania). Membership is free, and open to any organization that provides or promotes health information. Awards are cost-reimbursable and are issued to the institution and not an individual.

Efforts will be made to fund programs throughout the region that have the potential to reach populations Underserved by Research.

NNLM MAR staff will work with funded programs to integrate relevant health information and NIH All of Us Research Program content into programs and to assist with making connections with local public libraries.

Full Request for Proposals

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

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Weekly Postings

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Member Highlights: Upstate Health Sciences Library, Syracuse, NY – learn more about this youth-focused education program that pairs medical librarians and healthcare professionals with middle school students, to improve health literacy and inspire the pursuit of health-related careers.

Back-to-School with My MedlinePlus: In the latest edition of the My MedlinePlus Newsletter you can learn about vaccines, the impact of a heavy backpack, get a recipe for low-fat pumpkin bread, and more! Subscribe to receive My MedlinePlus via email.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

Save the Date for the next NNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, coming up on November 20, 2019! Follow #CiteNLM to get the latest details as they become available.

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

In the Region – This summer, Michelle Burda visited Every Necessary Care & Attention: George Washington & Medicine, a National Library of Medicine exhibit, at Brody Family Medical Library in Allentown PA. Read about more of our recent activities to learn what your Regional Medical Library is doing to support health outreach and programming in NY, NJ, PA and DE. – MARquee News Highlights

Project Outcome: An Easy way to Measure the Impact of Library Services – MCR News

New on YouTube: Resources for Community Health Workers, June 26, 2019

NLM/NIH News

Mourning the loss of former NLM Director Donald A.B. Lindberg, M.D. – It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Donald A.B. Lindberg, M.D., who served as the director of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) for more than 30 years. He was one of the longest-serving leaders at NIH and continued his service as director emeritus of NLM after his retirement in March 2015. Because of his pioneering work in applying computer technology to biomedical research and health information, he is considered by many to be the country’s senior statesman for computers and medicine. Watch the Dr. Lingberg Memorial Video for a tribute to this NLM legend.

Remembering Donald A. B. Lindberg, a visionary giant with a personal touch – A world-renowned leader in applying computers to health care and a giant in the field of biomedical research, Dr. Lindberg was hailed for his visionary and transformative leadership. When people talk about people with such great influence, they often say that those who come after them stand on their shoulders. With Don, it was different. He made sure that we stood beside him. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

The Amazing Brain: Mapping Brain Circuits in Vivid Color – Hop aboard to fly up, down, left, and right through the information highways of the human brain! This captivating and eye-catching video was one of the winners of the 2019 “Show us Your Brain!” contest sponsored by the NIH-led Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative. – NIH Director’s Blog

Subscribe to the NLM Technical Bulletin for the latest updates on NLM tools you may be using. The current issue recently highlighted updates to PubMed Labs that improved search filters, and a new milestone for PubMed – the 30 millionth journal citation!

NIH funds genetic counseling resource ahead of million-person sequencing effort – The All of Us Research Program has awarded $4.6 million in initial funding to Color, a health technology company in Burlingame, California, to establish the program’s nationwide genetic counseling resource. Through this funding, Color’s network of genetic counselors will help participants understand what the genomic testing results mean for their health and their families.

Opinion: Diversity strengthens global health scienceGlobal Health Matters, a newsletter from the Fogarty International Center

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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August 2019

Are You Ready? Essential Disaster Health Information Resources for Keeping Your Loved Ones Safe – August 28, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the New England Region (NER), get ready for September and National Preparedness Month with this webinar that highlights NLM disaster health information and other emergency preparedness resources for community educators, families, friends and caregivers. This class will also include resources for special populations and those with special needs.

NNLM Delivery – August 28, 2:30-3:15 PM ET – The Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) is upgrading MARDelivery, our free document delivery service that has been offered to NNLM Members in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware for over a decade. Not only have we upgraded to a fresh look and feel for existing MARDelivery users, but this free service will soon be extended to Members across the entire National Network of Libraries of Medicine! Join us for this brief information session about our new-and-improved document delivery platform, NNLM Delivery.

September 2019

Reflections on Bioinformatics Librarianship – September 4, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – A growing number of librarians are filling a special niche in the information world: serving those who work with genetic and molecular biology information. In this one-hour webinar with the NNLM Training Office (NTO) and NLM Office of Engagement and Training (OET), librarians will reflect on the practice and future of this specialized and uniquely valuable role of the librarian providing bioinformatics support.

Biomedical & Health Research Data Management for Librarians – September 9-November 15, 2019 – This collaborative online course offered by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) provides basic knowledge and skills for librarians interested in helping patrons manage their research data. Attending this course will improve your ability to initiate or extend research data management services at your institution. The major goal of this course is to provide an introduction to data issues and policies in support of developing and implementing or enhancing research data management training and services at your institution. The course topics include an overview of data management, choosing appropriate metadata descriptors or taxonomies for a dataset, addressing privacy and security issues with data, and creating data management plans. Participants are eligible for up to 32 MLA CE, dependent upon the number of modules completed.

“Seeing” your Search: Visualization Techniques for Exploring PubMed Search Results – September 10, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – In this webinar with the Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SEA) presenters will use visualization methods to explore the aggregate qualities of PubMed results. Techniques such as Venn diagrams and line charts can yield important insights into a search by giving us an overview of our results at a glance. You will also see how using these techniques in an interactive way can help guide the process of refining a search strategy.

Getting Started with Information Outreach in Your Community: An Introduction – September 12, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Greater Midwest Region (GMR), this class will provide a background in cultural competence and outreach skills for librarians making outreach efforts to underserved, underrepresented minority populations in their community. The goal of this course is to offer concrete ideas that will enable librarians to initiate outreach programs with these populations. Topics include locating community demographics, the importance of developing relationships, the basics of building and developing community-based partnerships, recognition and acceptance of cultural differences, and the importance of cultural competency.

Navigating the publishing landscape: Nuances of open access and “predatory” publishing – September 17, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SEA), this session will demystify the changing landscape of scholarly publishing, in particular, the rise of open access and “predatory” publishing. Predatory publishing is a term often used to describe journal publishers who engage in unethical or deceptive practices in order to make a profit. Alongside obvious publishing scams, emerging practices of established publishers, such as cascading and mirror journals, are also generating confusion and questions from both librarians and authors. Using a “train the trainer” model, attendees will learn to navigate this nuanced landscape of scholarly communication.

Family Focused Addiction Support Training: Getting your Life Back – September 17, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – In this webinar with the New England Region (NER), guest presenter Maureen Cavanagh will introduce you to her newest project, Family Focused Addiction Support Training (FFAST). FFAST is a family-focused intervention designed to define and increase fluency in the language of recovery, educate on substance use disorders, and provide resources for self-care for those affected by a another’s substance use disorder. Learning the steps to care for yourself is essential in being a healthy, empathetic and effective supporter to your loved one, patient or student.

Are you podcasting? – September 18, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – As an alternative to radio or music playlists and primarily on mobile devices, people listen to various types of podcasts for enlightenment, learning or enjoyment. With looming board exams, pop quizzes and the need to understand basic human physiology, medical students face numerous stressors during their clinical years. This moderated webinar with the SoutheasternAtlantic Region (SEA) will provide an example of how two students found a unique outlet to cope with the high-intensity onslaught of medical education. The webinar’s goal is to inspire health sciences librarians to embrace podcast platforms as another means of teaching aspects of library orientation and instruction.

ECRI Guidelines Trust – September 18, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Medical librarians are one of the largest user groups of the ECRI Guidelines Trust. So why not take advantage of all the Trust has to offer in terms of evidence-based clinical practice guideline content? Join this webinar with the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) to hear directly from the creators of the Trust and learn how this guideline repository can facilitate your searches for up-to-date clinical practice guidelines. They will take you on a tour of their site’s content and capabilities, and share latest search features and enhancements developed with a librarian audience in mind.

Cooking Classes without a Kitchen – September 24, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Cooking programs are a great way to provide nutritional and health information to patrons, as well as celebrate cuisines from different cultures. They’re also a lot of fun and very interactive opportunities where patrons can learn from each other. However, not every library is fortunate enough to have a kitchen programming space. This webinar with the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) will explore some ideas for how a library without a kitchen can still provide great food programs for their patrons.

New classes on-demand! Looking for more self-paced learning opportunities? Check out MedlinePlus for Public Librarians. This aysnchronous, hands-on, narrated tutorial explains why MedlinePlus should be the first choice for public librarians when answering health information questions.

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

Other Items of Interest

Job Posting: Medical Librarian/Information Specialist, ECRI Institute, Plymouth Meeting, PA

Pennsylvanian academic library research study – You are invited to participate in a survey for a research study about assessment of outreach and student engagement efforts in academic libraries. Pennsylvanian academic library employees in a variety of positions are welcomed to participate. For more information about this study, review the Informed Consent information at the start of the survey. This study was approved by the IRB at Penn State University and Edinboro University.

New Medical Makerspace ListServ – The Ginsburg Health Sciences library is pleased to announce the creation of the Medical Makerspace ListServ. Intended to facilitate the sharing and dissemination of thoughts and experiences related to medical makerspace technologies, practices, techniques, development, and strategy, Ginsburg HSL is spearheading a structured means of information sharing with academic and clinically-based medical makerspaces and/or innovation labs. The ListServ will function as a valuable resource for medical makerspaces and medical makerspace professionals, and foster a closer sense of community in the application of emerging technologies in medicine and medical schools. To subscribe, send an email to listserv@listserv.temple.edu with “subscribe MEDICAL_MAKERSPACE_LISTSERV Yourfirstname Yourlastname” in the body of the email. If you have any questions, please contact Patrick Lyons, Innovation Librarian, at patrick.lyons@temple.edu.

AHRQ Social Determinants of Health Challenge Enters Exciting Second Phase! –  AHRQ Views

Graphic Medicine: Ill-Conceived and Well-Drawn, exhibition and lecture – Visit the University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System for the exhibition “Graphic Medicine: Ill-Conceived and Well-Drawn,” an exploration of presenting personal illness narratives and health information through comics. The exhibition is free and open to the public during normal library hours from August 19 to September 30. To complement the exhibit, Dr. Jay Hosler will give a lecture on the art and science of science comics on August 27 at 11:30am (refreshments provided).

Troubleshooting Systematic Reviews: Refining the Search – September 5, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – How do you refine a systematic review search to make sure you are capturing articles that meet your eligibility criteria? How do you troubleshoot a search that is failing to retrieve known articles significant to your topic? How do you revise searches based on researcher feedback? How do you compare strategies for capturing additional articles? Join Margaret Foster and Sarah Jewell for the second of two webinars that address these and other troublesome questions that librarians interested in consulting on systematic reviews will want to answer. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

AJPH Call for Proposals: Special Issue about Health Misinformation on Social Media – The American Journal of Public Health (AJPH), in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute, intends to publish a special issue focusing on research that can help us better understand and address the proliferation of health misinformation on social media. If you are interested in contributing to this special issue, please send an extended proposal to Ms. Anna Gaysynsky, Assistant Guest Editor, at Anna.Gaysynsky@nih.gov by 11:59 PM ET on Friday, August 30.

OpenCon 2019 in Philadelphia, PA – Join Temple University on November 1 for OpenCon Philly, a free one-day series of panels and interactive workshops for idea exchange and learning around open access, open education, and open data. Connect with regional colleagues and find future collaborators as you share success stories, learn from each other’s failures, and discuss challenges in your work towards making research, educational materials, data, and government information more equitable and accessible to all. This event is free and open to all. RSVP to stay in the loop and be notified of the call for presentations! A registration form will be forthcoming closer to the event.

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