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New Bioinformatics Training for Librarians beginning January 29!

Thu, 2018-01-11 07:00

The NNLM Training Office has announced a new learning opportunity for bioinformatics and biology training. Bioinformatics and Biology Essentials For Librarians: Databases, Tools, and Clinical Applications is a 16-week, self-paced course worth 25 hours of continuing education credit from the Medical Library Association. The course will run January 29 – May 18, 2018.

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

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

Topics and suggested pace is listed below. Modules open progressively based on completion of the previous module.

  • Week 1 & 2 (Jan 29-Feb 9): Genetics Basics: orientation to molecular biology concepts
  • Week 3 (Feb 12-16): Introduction – What is bioinformatics and what does it have to do with librarianship?
  • Week 4 (Feb 19-23): Molecular Biology Techniques
  • Week 5 (Feb 26-Mar 2): NCBI Nucleotide Database
  • Week 6 (Mar 5-9): BLAST Sequence Similarity
  • Week 7 (Mar 12-16): NCBI Gene Database
  • Week 8 (Mar 19-23): Basics of Proteins
  • Week 9 (Mar 26-30): Catch up week
  • Week 10 (April 2-6): NCBI Protein and Structure Databases
  • Week 11 (April 9-13): Clinical Applications
  • Week 12 (April 16-20): Ethics and Policy in Bioinformatics
  • Week 13 (April 23-27): What’s Next in Genomic Research
  • Week 14-15 (April 30-May 11): Synthesis Activities
  • Week 16 (May 14-18): Additional catch up week (if needed)

Register for this exciting opportunity today!

Note: Registration closes January 24, 2018.  This course is limited to 25 participants. A 10-seat waitlist is also available. Registration preference given to residents of the United States. For more information, contact Molly Knapp, Training Development Specialist, NNLM Training Office

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Promote Your Health Outreach Programs Request

Wed, 2018-01-10 07:00

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine is working closely with the Public Library Association (PLA) on Promoting Healthy Communities, a joint consumer health initiative that focuses on  increasing public library workers’ knowledge and skills related to consumer health services, so that they may better assist patrons in navigating complex issues such as health care, insurance, and aging. You can locate additional information regarding the PLA/NNLM initiative through the PLA website initiatives page. As a part of this initiative, we are eager to spread the word about the great consumer health-related programs already underway in our nation’s public libraries.

We are encouraging network members to submit a brief write-up about health and wellness programs they are doing, to ALA’s Programming Librarian website. This free website contains a wide variety of program ideas for libraries. Library professionals are encouraged to submit their own programs for publication in a section of the website called Program Models.

To submit your program for consideration, please fill out the “Share Your Program” webform available on the website. If you prefer, you can email your submission in a Word Document format to programminglibrarian@ala.org.

Programs from all library types are welcome. Please limit your submissions to programs that have taken place within the past two years. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Sarah Ostman, communications manager for ALA’s Public Programs Office, at sostman@ala.org.

NNLM MAR would also like to hear about the amazing work you are doing in your community. You can share your stories with us about any health outreach projects and activities you are conducting by filling out the short Share Your Health Outreach Activity form.

Thank you for your consideration! Together, we hope to inspire more public libraries to take on this important work.

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It’s Not Too Late to Participate in National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week 2018!

Tue, 2018-01-09 14:31

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® to be held January 22-28, 2018 links students with scientists and other experts to counteract the myths about drugs and alcohol that teens get from the internet, social media, TV, movies, music, or from friends. It was launched in 2010 by scientists at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to stimulate educational events in communities so teens can learn what science has taught us about drug use and addiction. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism became a partner starting in 2016, and alcohol has been added as a topic area for the week. NIDA and NIAAA are part of the National Institutes of Health. Register your educational event or activity and join with hundreds of communities around the country participating in this annual observance.

Do you need event ideas?

Here are a few easy activity ideas to consider:

NIDA offers these and other FREE science based materials. Plan to order your materials by January 15 to receive them in time for NDAFW 2018.

For more information, contact Brian Marquis at NIDA at bmarquis@nida.nih.gov.

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Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles

Tue, 2018-01-09 07:00

The National Network of Librarians of Medicine (NNLM) invites you to participate in Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles. This course will be primarily held via the Moodle platform with optional WebEx discussions. This course is designed to help health sciences librarians understand the issues of big data in clinical outcomes and what roles health sciences librarians can take on in this service area. Register today!

DatesFebruary 5 – March 30, 2018

The class size for this course is limited to 60 students. We will begin a waitlist if there are more interested in participating.

Course instructors for the winter session are Ann Glusker, Pacific Northwest RegionDerek Johnson, Greater Midwest RegionAlicia Lillich, MidContinental Region, Ann Madhavan, Pacific Northwest Region, Tony Nguyen, Southeastern/Atlantic Region, and Elaina Vitale, Mid-Atlantic Region.

Please contact Tony Nguyen with questions.

About the Class

The Big Data in Healthcare:  Exploring Emerging Roles course will help health sciences librarians better understand the issues of big data in clinical outcomes and what roles health sciences librarians can take on in this service area. Course content comes from information shared by the presenters at the March 7, 2016 NNLM Using Data to Improve Clinical Patient Outcomes Forum, top selections from the NNLM MCR Data Curation/Management Journal Club and NNLM PSR Data Curation/Management Journal Club’s articles, NINR’s Nursing Research Boot Camp, recommended readings from previous cohorts, and Big Data University’s Big Data Fundamentals online course.

Participants will have the opportunity to share what they learned with the instructor from each section of the course content either through WebEx discussions or Moodle Discussions within each Module. These submissions can be used to help support the student’s views expressed in the final essay assignment.

Objectives

Students who successfully complete the course will:

  • Explain the role big data plays in clinical patient outcomes.
  • Explain current/potential roles in which librarians are supporting big data initiatives
  • Illustrate the fundamentals of big data from a systems perspective
  • Articulate their views/options on the role health sciences sector librarians is in supporting big data initiatives

NOTE: Participants will articulate their views on why health sciences librarians should or should not become involved in supporting big data initiatives by sharing a 500-800 word essay. Students are encouraged to be brave and bold in their views so as to elicit discussions about the roles librarians should play in this emerging field. Participants are encouraged to allow their views to be published on a NNLM online blog/newsletter as part of a dialog with the wider health sciences librarian community engaging in this topic. Your course instructors will reach out to you following the completion of the course.

On top of information gained, being a part of the big data in clinical care dialog, and earning 9 continuing education credits from the Medical Library Association, students may earn an IBM Open Badge program from the Big Data University.

This is a semi-self-paced course (“semi” meaning there are completion deadlines). While offered primarily asynchronously, your course instructors plan to offer opportunities in which participants can join a WebEx discussion to discuss some of the content.

Course Expectations

To complete this course for nine hours of MLA contact hours, participants are expected to:

  • Spend 1-2 hours completed the work within each module.
  • Commit to complete all activities and articulate your views within each module.
  • Complete course requirements by the deadline established in each module.
  • Coordinate with a course instructor to publish your observations/final assignments on a NNLM blog/newsletter
  • Provide course feedback on the Online Course Evaluation Form
Grading

Grades for this course is simply a pass/fail grading system. When your submission meets the assignment’s expectations, you will receive full credit for the contact hours for that Module. For submissions that are unclear or incomplete, you may be requested for more information until your instructor approves.

  • For discussion posts, your activity will be marked as complete after you’ve submitted a discussion AND your instructor assigns a point to mark as complete
  • If you participate in WebEx Journal Club Discussions (when available), your instructor will assign points in the Discussions for that module.
  • Students have the option to accept fewer contact hours. However, you will need to inform your course instructors ahead of time.
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Employment Opportunity: All of Us Public Library Engagement Coordinator

Mon, 2018-01-08 07:00

In cooperation with the National Institutes of Health All of Us Research Program (https://allofus.nih.gov) and the All of Us Training and Coordinating Center, the All of Us Public Library Engagement Coordinator will focus on improving consumer access to high quality health information in communities throughout the U.S., specifically, by working with public libraries. The goals of this 3-year pilot position are to:

  • Help public libraries in supporting the health information needs of their users;
  • Support community engagement through public libraries for All of Us; and
  • Help establish an All of Us Training Program, the home for training and resources about and related to the program for consumers, health professionals, librarians, and researchers.

The Coordinator will work with regional public libraries, community-based organizations, known All of Us partners, and others in target areas within AL, DC, FL, GA, MD, MS, NC, PR, SC, TN, USVI, VA, and WV to develop activities based upon community health needs and the requirements of the All of Us program.

The All of Us Public Library Engagement Coordinator works under the direction of the Executive Director of the NNLM Southeastern/Atlantic (SEA) Region and the All of Us Training and Coordinating Center. The SEA Coordinator serves as the Point of Contact for the program and collaborates with other NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Coordinators to create a cohesive but culturally sensitive strategy for educating and engaging stake holders.

The Coordinator position is a full-time, non-tenured faculty librarian currently funded through April 30, 2020 with potential for renewal. This is an office-based position, without an option for telecommuting, located at the Health Sciences and Human Services Library with frequent travel to target areas and national meetings.

For more information about NNLM SEA, visit http://nnlm.gov/sea. For more information about the NIH All of Us Research Program, visit https://allofus.nih.gov/.

Responsibilities include:

  • In consultation with the All of Us Research Program, collaborate with selected target areas for community engagement (two per year for a total of six areas by Year 3).
  • Identify community health and health literacy needs tailored to the identified geographic areas.
  • Convene a network of diverse partners that represent all segments of the targeted communities that are dedicated to improving community health, including public libraries.
  • Participate in national program coordination to develop effective, innovative, replicable approaches to meet the All of Us and health information needs of library users.
  • Coordinate subawards to support public libraries and community organizations in accomplishing the goals set forth in this project.
  • Prepare detailed evaluation and progress reports on activities, programs and services in close collaboration with the All of Us University Coordinating Center, National Network Coordinating Office, National Evaluation Office, and other NNLM regions.
  • Contribute through scholarly articles, presentations at professional association meetings, and professional service (e.g., serving on professional panels) surrounding the NNLM All of Us national program.

Required qualifications:

  • Master of Library Science or equivalent advanced degree from an ALA-accredited institution
  • Minimum of three years’ experience working in public libraries or with public library staff
  • Demonstrated experience in developing, implementing and evaluating new programs
  • Service orientation and ability to work effectively with colleagues, health professionals and consumers in a diverse, multi-cultural community
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills
  • Willingness to travel; valid driver’s license at the time of employment
  • Proficiency in software such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, as well as Web-based applications

Preferred qualifications:

  • Significant project management experience
  • Experience with precision medicine concepts
  • Familiarity with NLM and NNLM programs
  • Extensive health information programming or community health education experience

APPLICATIONS:
Application materials must include a CV/resume; cover letter which includes the source of advertisement; 3 references including names, addresses, and phone numbers; and a separate signed/dated affidavit page (stating “I verify that my CV is current and accurate” – does not need to be notarized). Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but full consideration will be given to complete applications received by January 19, 2018. Interested applicants should apply using the following link http://bit.ly/AllofUsRML.

MINIMUM SALARY: $57,000, commensurate with experience

BENEFITS: Generous benefits include choice of retirement, medical, and dental plans; 22 days of annual leave; 15 days of sick leave; 3 personal days and 14 holidays. Regular employees, as well as their spouses and dependent children, may receive tuition remission for most programs at many campuses of the University System of Maryland.

ENVIRONMENT:
The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) campus is located in downtown Baltimore, blocks from Orioles Park at Camden Yards, Ravens Stadium, and the Inner Harbor, a recreational waterfront destination. Forty-five miles north of Washington DC, Baltimore City and the surrounding metropolitan area are noted for high quality-of-life indicators offering historic parks, great neighborhoods, and world-famous art collections, museums, theaters, and symphony orchestras. The city has easy access to public transportation systems, superior health care systems, and renowned university and educational resources.

The HS/HSL is one of the largest health sciences libraries in the United States with a track-record of user-centered innovative services and programs.  Fifty-five FTE employees including 25 faculty librarians staff the library.  Our attractive and vibrant facility, which opened in 1998, serves as a hub for collaboration and learning with resources, programs and tools that promote discovery, creativity, and innovation.  The HS/HSL has 45 group study rooms, three computer classrooms, an Innovation Space, a presentation and production studio, an art gallery, and multiple technology-enhanced meeting spaces. Through the HS/HSL’s website (www.hshsl.umaryland.edu), the UMB community has access to a full range of resources and services.   The HS/HSL serves the schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Social Work, and the Graduate School.  The HS/HSL also serves as the headquarters for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine’s Southeastern/Atlantic Region.

The Library supports the 6300 students, and over 7200 faculty and staff members on UMB’s 71-acre research and technology complex consisting of 67 buildings including the University of Maryland BioPark, the University of Maryland Medical Center, and the VA Hospital. UMB’s professional and graduate schools comprise a dental school, graduate school, and schools of law, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and social work. More details about the UMB can be found at http://www.umaryland.edu/.

The University of Maryland, Baltimore is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer.  Minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

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Weekly Postings

Fri, 2018-01-05 12:14

Happy New Year from NNLM MAR! We are excited to share information with you about our upcoming projects, classes, and news from around the Middle Atlantic Region. See something of interest? Please share our postings with colleagues in your institutions!

Spotlight

Welcome, Veronica Leigh Milliner! On January 2, Veronica Leigh Milliner, MLIS, joined NNLM MAR in the newly created position of All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator. Veronica will work within our region and in collaboration with other regional and national All of Us Program partners and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine to develop, pilot, model, and evaluate All of Us community engagement activities with public libraries. Learn More.

All NNLM MAR funding opportunities are currently closed. In February, we will announce opportunities to apply for projects starting May 15, 2018. Now is the perfect time to start meeting with potential partners and consulting with NNLM MAR staff on health information outreach ideas. Contact us to set up a consultation.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

Renew your membership today! If you have not yet verified that your organization’s record is up-to-date, see our recent blog post about the benefits of renewal and NNLM Membership. Are you having trouble creating an NNLM account? If you have received an error message such as, “email address already in use,” contact us for assistance.

Website Widgets for Consumer Health – MARquee News Highlights

New Year’s Resolutions – Blogadillo, News from SCR

NLM/NIH News

MedlinePlus Newsletter: MedlinePlus is in the process of launching a weekly newsletter, featuring the latest and greatest in health information, that will replace their daily updates. Starting January 2, MedlinePlus will no longer send daily health updates. Details about the newsletter are forthcoming.

Adventures of a Computational Biologist in the Genome SpaceNLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

What’s in? What’s out?NLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

What a Year It Was! A Look Back at Research Progress in 2017NIH Director’s Blog

Palermo Book of Antidotes, 1670Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

ECHOing the Impact of Data: NIH Program Explores Environmental Impact on Child Health OutcomesDataScience@NIH, Driving Discovery Through Data

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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

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

NCBI Minute: QuickBLASTP — a program for rapidly finding high-scoring protein matches in large databases – January 10, 12:00-12:30 PM ET – In this webinar, NCBI staff will demonstrate the new QuickBLASTP service that can search large databases at least 10X faster than traditional protein-protein BLAST (blastp). You will learn about the strategy QuickBLASTP uses to speed up the search. You will also see how to use the new QuickBLASTP service on the NCBI web BLAST site and how to access and run the standalone kblastp demonstration release.

From Snake Oil to Penicillin: Evaluating Consumer Health on the Internet – January 8-29, 2018 – Sponsored by SEA, this asynchronous online course will describe why it is important to evaluate websites. Participants will be given criteria for how to evaluate health information on the Internet for accuracy, authority, bias, currency and coverage.

Individualized Treatment and Understanding the Non-pharmacologic Components that are Part of Recovery – January 9, 10:00-11:00 AM ET – Join NER for this webinar to learn about the non-pharmacologic components of recovery. When developing individualized treatment plans, what factors are considered? Two guest speakers will share their stories of starting up a new treatment facility, and the challenges of putting evidence-based practices into practical use.

Are You Ready? Essential Disaster Health Information Resources for Keeping Your Loved Ones Safe – January 10, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Join MAR for this webinar to learn about NLM disaster health information and other emergency preparedness resources for community educators, families, friends and caregivers. This class will highlight resources for special populations, special needs, and mobile apps for on-the-go preparedness!

Moving from Data to Health Equity Action: County Health Rankings and Roadmaps – January 10, 3:30-4:30 PM ET – Join MAR and County Health Rankings and Roadmaps to learn about Moving from Data to Health Equity Action! In this interactive webinar, Toni Lewis from County Health Rankings and Roadmaps will show attendees where they can find the data, evidence, guidance and examples to move their communities from data to action. This webinar will be particularly beneficial to individuals who are considering applying for funding to support community-based library projects.

MeSH Changes and PubMed Searching – January 19, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Every year, the Medical Subject Headings are updated. How does this affect your PubMed searches? What happens when a term gets changed, or added, or removed; or moved to a different part of the MeSH hierarchy? How do you accommodate vocabulary changes over time in your comprehensive searches? How do you check your saved searches and alerts? Join NTO for this webinar to find out!

Chickasaw Nation Tackles the Opioid Epidemic – January 25, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Define Your Direction is a comprehensive prescription opioid abuse prevention movement created by the Chickasaw Nation using Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and Southern Plains Tribal Health Board funding. Define Your Direction utilizes multiple strategies aimed at increasing awareness, reducing access to drugs and alcohol, and preventing overdose deaths. The webinar, presented by the Office of Minority Health National Partnership for Action, will highlight the movement’s various components, challenges experienced during its development and implementation phases, and successes.

Space is limited! Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles – February 5-March 30, 2018 – This semi self-paced online course will help health sciences librarians better understand the issues of big data in clinical outcomes and what roles health sciences librarians can take on in this service area. On top of information gained, being a part of the big data in clinical care dialog, and earning 9 continuing education credits from the Medical Library Association, students may earn an IBM Open Badge program from the Big Data University.

Other Items of Interest

Job Postings:

Researchers Gather Health Data for ‘All of Us’ – Shots, Health News from NPR

Call for Contributions: JCHI Patient Education Column – The Journal of Consumer Health on the Internet is seeking authors for the Patient Education column for 2018. The column should discuss topics related to patient education, such as how librarians or health care workers are providing patient education. There are many possibilities. Articles should focus on actual things in practice, like best practices, procedures, etc. Original research is not required. The article should be about 8-10 pages. If you are interested in submitting, or have questions, please contact column editors Kelsey Grabeel or Alexandria Quesenberry.

NNLM MAR is always interested in learning about health outreach projects and activities that are happening in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Delaware. Share your story with us to receive a special highlight on the MARquee!

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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Welcome, Veronica Leigh Milliner!

Fri, 2018-01-05 11:15
Veronica Leigh Milliner

Veronica Leigh Milliner

On January 2, Veronica Leigh Milliner, MLIS, joined NNLM MAR in the newly created position of All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator. Veronica will work within our region and in collaboration with other regional and national All of Us Program partners and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine to develop, pilot, model, and evaluate All of Us community engagement activities with public libraries. Veronica previously worked as an Outreach Librarian at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, where she extended library services into community-based settings, such as senior centers, the free clinic, and low-income housing. Prior to her work with the Carnegie Library, she worked as an Information Services Trainer at a public library system in Saint Lucia, as a shipboard librarian on a cruise line and as a Peace Corps Community HIV/AIDS Outreach Worker in South Africa. Additionally, Veronica is the Radical Libraries, Archives, and Museums Track Coordinator for the Allied Media Project/Allied Media Conference, which aims to explore various ways that libraries and information institutions can be social justice leaders and spaces for critical engagement.

Veronica’s email address is VLM38@pitt.edu

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Website Widgets for Consumer Health

Tue, 2018-01-02 10:47

Widgets are small applications that allow you to access content from other websites directly on your own website. Many government organizations offer free health-related widgets, including the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other divisions under the US Health And Human Services Department (HHS). Add these widgets to your organization’s website to provide users with quick access to reliable health information and local health resources:

MedlinePlus Widgets: Place the MedlinePlus search box on your website and open results in the same window or a new window.

TOXMAP Widget: This widget created by the NLM allows users to launch a TOXMAP search from a blog, wiki, or Web page.

CDC Widgets: Find a variety of widgets related to diseases and conditions, healthy living, injury/violence prevention and safety, interactive infographics, tobacco and smoking, and more.

Health Widgets from HealthFinder.gov: Find widgets that provide consumers with personalized recommendations for clinical preventive services based on the age, sex, and pregnancy status they enter, for themselves or a loved one, in both Spanish and English.  Also find widgets with infection prevention tips and exercise recommendations.

Locator Widgets from SAMHSA: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to help users find substance abuse or mental health facilities in a specific location.

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Weekly Postings

Thu, 2017-12-21 09:43

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

Spotlight

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Regional office will be closed December 22 through January 1 during the University of Pittsburgh winter break. Happy holidays from all of us at NNLM MAR!

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

Renew your membership today! If you have not yet verified that your organization’s record is up-to-date, see our recent blog post about the benefits of renewal and NNLM Membership. Are you having trouble creating an NNLM account? If you have received an error message such as, “email address already in use,” contact us for assistance.

Cold and Flu: Prevention, Symptoms and Treatments – MARquee News Highlights

I Used the Tearless Logic Model Method and It Worked. Nobody Cried! – NEO Shop Talk

New on YouTube:

National Library of Medicine/National Institutes of Health News

Happy One Billion, PubMed Central!NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

NLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Sharing a Story of HopeNIH Director’s Blog

ClinicalTrials.gov: Further Enhancements to FunctionalityNLM Technical Bulletin, Your Source for the Latest Searching Information

ClinVar Unveils New, More Intuitive Variation DisplayNCBI Insights, Providing Insights into NCBI Resources and the Science Behind Them

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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

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

2018 MeSH Highlights – January 5, 1:00-1:30 PM ET – Join NTO and NLM staff for a highlights tour of the 2018 Medical Subject Headings (MeSH). A 20-minute presentation will feature the change of contraindications from subheading to MeSH heading; new publication types; updates to classification of isotopes and radioisotopes; additional terminology for viruses, smoking, and sugars; and restructuring in plant and animal taxonomies. Following the presentation, Indexing and MeSH experts will be available to answer your questions.

NCBI Minute: QuickBLASTP — a program for rapidly finding high-scoring protein matches in large databases – January 10, 12:00-12:30 PM ET – In this webinar, NCBI staff will demonstrate the new QuickBLASTP service that can search large databases at least 10X faster than traditional protein-protein BLAST (blastp). You will learn about the strategy QuickBLASTP uses to speed up the search. You will also see how to use the new QuickBLASTP service on the NCBI web BLAST site and how to access and run the standalone kblastp demonstration release.

Are You Ready? Essential Disaster Health Information Resources for Keeping Your Loved Ones Safe – January 10, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Join MAR for this webinar to learn about NLM disaster health information and other emergency preparedness resources for community educators, families, friends and caregivers. This class will highlight resources for special populations, special needs, and mobile apps for on-the-go preparedness!

Moving from Data to Health Equity Action: County Health Rankings and Roadmaps – January 10, 3:30-4:30 PM ET – Join MAR and County Health Rankings and Roadmaps to learn about Moving from Data to Health Equity Action! In this interactive webinar, Toni Lewis from County Health Rankings and Roadmaps will show attendees where they can find the data, evidence, guidance and examples to move their communities from data to action. This webinar will be particularly beneficial to individuals who are considering applying for funding to support community-based library projects.

MeSH Changes and PubMed Searching – January 19, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Every year, the Medical Subject Headings are updated. How does this affect your PubMed searches? What happens when a term gets changed, or added, or removed; or moved to a different part of the MeSH hierarchy? How do you accommodate vocabulary changes over time in your comprehensive searches? How do you check your saved searches and alerts? Join NTO for this webinar to find out!

Chickasaw Nation Tackles the Opioid Epidemic -January 25, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Define Your Direction is a comprehensive prescription opioid abuse prevention movement created by the Chickasaw Nation using Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and Southern Plains Tribal Health Board funding. Define Your Direction utilizes multiple strategies aimed at increasing awareness, reducing access to drugs and alcohol, and preventing overdose deaths. The webinar, presented by the Office of Minority Health National Partnership for Action, will highlight the movement’s various components, challenges experienced during its development and implementation phases, and successes.

Other Items of Interest

5 Tips to Beat Holiday Health Pitfalls – Office on Women’s Health Blog

NNLM MAR is always interested in learning about health outreach projects and activities that are happening in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Delaware. Share your story with us to receive a special highlight on the MARquee!

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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Happy Holidays from MAR!

Tue, 2017-12-19 12:38

To all of our colleagues across the network, we hope you will have a wonderful holiday season and happy New Year! Please note that the MAR offices will be closed from December 22-January 1, reopening on January 2. We look forward to serving our members in 2018 and beyond!

Happy Holidays from NNLM MAR

Photo from right to left: Sue Burke (Administrative Specialist), Tristan Lucchetti (business manager), Barbara Epstein (Director), Hannah Sinemus (Technology Liaison and holiday card designer), Renae Barger (Program Lead), Michelle Burda (Education and Health Literacy Coordinator), Kate Flewelling (Executive Director), Erin Seger (Health Professions Coordinator), Lydia Collins (Consumer Health Coordinator), Elaina Vitale (Academic Coordinator).

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Weekly Postings

Fri, 2017-12-15 09:39

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

Spotlight

The MAR staff spent a day at the University of Pittsburgh Center for Creativity this week to talk about our goals for next year! Check out the photos and follow us on Twitter for live updates during the next #marRetreat @NNLMMAR.

Check out the Fall 2017 issue of the MAReport! This quarter you can learn “Through the Eyes of a New MLIS Student,” how working in the library field adds perspective to entering the degree program, and take a moment to “Meet the New Health Professions Coordinator,” Erin!

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Regional office will be closed December 22 through January 1 during the University of Pittsburgh winter break. Happy holidays from all of us at NNLM MAR!

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

Renew your membership today! If you have not yet verified that your organization’s record is up-to-date, see our recent blog post about the benefits of renewal and NNLM Membership. Are you having trouble creating an NNLM account? If you have received an error message such as, “email address already in use,” contact us for assistance.

Cold and Flu: Prevention, Symptoms and Treatments – MARquee News Highlights

What do Bali and the Drug Information Portal Have to do w/Each Other? – NTO News

New on YouTube: TechTime: Designing Conference Posters in PowerPoint, November 28, 2017

National Library of Medicine/National Institutes of Health News

The Outreach and Special Populations Branch (OSPB) of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) will be retiring the @NLM_OSP Twitter account and the NLM 4 Caregivers pages and social media accounts in January 2018.

Models: The Third Leg in Data-Driven DiscoveryNLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

HPCC Archived at NLM: Evolution and AssessmentCirculating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

NIH Director’s Blog

Turning Data into Livesaving Solutions: Seeking Information Innovation in the Battle Against the Opioid CrisisDataScience@NIH, Driving Discovery Through Data

Summer 2017 NCBI Hackathon Products – NCBI Insights, Providing Insights into NCBI Resources and the Science Behind Them

New on Genetics Home Reference: Seasonal Affective Disorder

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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

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

2018 MeSH Highlights – January 5, 1:00-1:30 PM ET – Join NTO and NLM staff for a highlights tour of the 2018 Medical Subject Headings (MeSH). A 20-minute presentation will feature the change of contraindications from subheading to MeSH heading; new publication types; updates to classification of isotopes and radioisotopes; additional terminology for viruses, smoking, and sugars; and restructuring in plant and animal taxonomies. Following the presentation, Indexing and MeSH experts will be available to answer your questions.

Are You Ready? Essential Disaster Health Information Resources for Keeping Your Loved Ones Safe – January 10, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Join MAR for this webinar to learn about NLM disaster health information and other emergency preparedness resources for community educators, families, friends and caregivers. This class will highlight resources for special populations, special needs, and mobile apps for on-the-go preparedness!

Moving from Data to Health Equity Action: County Health Rankings and Roadmaps – January 10, 3:30-4:30 PM ET – Join MAR and County Health Rankings and Roadmaps to learn about Moving from Data to Health Equity Action! In this interactive webinar, Toni Lewis from County Health Rankings and Roadmaps will show attendees where they can find the data, evidence, guidance and examples to move their communities from data to action. This webinar will be particularly beneficial to individuals who are considering applying for funding to support community-based library projects.

MeSH Changes and PubMed Searching – January 19, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Every year, the Medical Subject Headings are updated. How does this affect your PubMed searches? What happens when a term gets changed, or added, or removed; or moved to a different part of the MeSH hierarchy? How do you accommodate vocabulary changes over time in your comprehensive searches? How do you check your saved searches and alerts? Join NTO for this webinar to find out!

Chickasaw Nation Tackles the Opioid Epidemic -January 25, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Define Your Direction is a comprehensive prescription opioid abuse prevention movement created by the Chickasaw Nation using Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and Southern Plains Tribal Health Board funding. Define Your Direction utilizes multiple strategies aimed at increasing awareness, reducing access to drugs and alcohol, and preventing overdose deaths. The webinar, presented by the Office of Minority Health National Partnership for Action, will highlight the movement’s various components, challenges experienced during its development and implementation phases, and successes.

Other Items of Interest

Job Postings:

Partners Convene to Discuss Improving Health Literacy in Diverse Communities – From the New Jersey State Library, on the NJ Statewide Network for Cultural Competence (NJSNCC) conference.

The National Partnership for Action (NPA) to End Health Disparities Fall 2017 Newsletter is now available!

NNLM MAR is always interested in learning about health outreach projects and activities that are happening in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Delaware. Share your story with us to receive a special highlight on the MARquee!

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

Cold and Flu: Prevention, Symptoms and Treatments

Mon, 2017-12-11 10:45

In much of the Northern Hemisphere, December through February is prime time for colds, influenza (flu), and other respiratory illnesses. Don’t let a cold or the flu ruin your holidays! Learn how to protect yourself and your family with these tips from the Food & Drug Administration (FDA):

  • Get vaccinated against flu
  • Wash your hands often
  • Limit exposure to infected people
  • Keep stress in check
  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Get enough sleep
  • Exercise
Symptoms

Most viral respiratory infections, like a cold, come and go within a few days, with no lasting effects. But some cause serious health problems. In addition, people who use tobacco or who are exposed to secondhand smoke are more prone to respiratory illnesses and more severe complications than nonsmokers.

Colds. Symptoms of colds usually are a stuffy or runny nose and sneezing. Other symptoms include coughing, a scratchy throat, and watery eyes. There is no vaccine to prevent colds, which come on gradually and often spread through everyday contact.

Flu. Symptoms of the flu include fever, headache, chills, dry cough, body aches, fatigue, and general misery. Like the viruses that cause a cold, the flu virus can cause a stuffy or runny nose, sneezing, and watery eyes. Young children also may experience nausea and vomiting.

The flu typically comes on suddenly and lasts longer than a cold. Flu viruses spread mainly by droplets, when people with flu cough, sneeze, or talk. You also can get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated every year.

Flu season in the United States may begin as early as October and can last as late as May, and generally peaks between December and February.

What to Do if You’re Already Sick

Colds usually have to run their course. Gargling with salt water may relieve a sore throat. And, a cool-mist humidifier may help relieve stuffy noses.

Here are other steps to consider:

  • Talk to your doctor or pharmacist to find out what will work best to help relieve or treat your symptoms.
  • Limit exposing other people to your virus.
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Stay hydrated and rested; avoid alcohol and caffeinated products.

In addition to over-the-counter (OTC) medicines, there are FDA-approved prescription medications for treating flu. Also, a cold or flu may lead to a bacterial infection (such as bronchitis, sinusitis, ear infections, and pneumonia) that could require antibiotics.

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Weekly Postings

Fri, 2017-12-08 10:21

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

Spotlight

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is pleased to announce a partnership with the NIH All of Us Research Program (All of Us), part of the Precision Medicine Initiative. Through this collaboration, NNLM’s Regional Medical Libraries and National Offices will focus on improving consumer access to high quality health information in communities throughout the U.S., specifically, by working with public libraries.

Check out the Fall 2017 issue of the MAReport! This quarter, Lydia Collins discusses “Raising Awareness During the Opioid Crisis: One Library @ a Time,” including her attendance at the Reading Public Library’s open forum on opiate addiction. Bonus: read our Member Spotlight on Nathaniel Thomas, Supervisor of Reference Services at Reading Public Library, to learn more about Reading’s efforts, and sign up for Lydia’s class on tween/teen substance awareness, coming up next week on December 13th! Details below.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

Renew your membership today! If you have not yet verified that your organization’s record is up-to-date, see our recent blog post about the benefits of renewal and NNLM Membership. Are you having trouble creating an NNLM account? If you have received an error message such as, “email address already in use,” contact us for assistance.

Upcoming NNLM Webinars for Public Health – MARquee News Highlights

An NNLM RD3 Update – The Dragonfly, News from the Northwest and Beyond, by PNR

PubMed for Librarians Winter 2018 Live Edition Begins January 10 – NTO News

New on YouTube: TechTime: Designing Conference Posters in PowerPoint, November 28, 2017

National Library of Medicine/National Institutes of Health News

When Good Enough—Isn’tNLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

We Clue You In about NLM Tours…and Invite You to Join Us!NLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

New Ideas at the NLM: Graphic MedicineCirculating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

NIH Director’s Blog

New Health Topics on MedlinePlus: LDL: The “Bad” Cholesterol, HDL: The “Good” Cholesterol and Cholesterol Levels: What You Need to Know

Check out the December 2017 issue of NIH News in Health, featuring, “Managing Diabetes: New Technologies Can Make It Easier,” and “Battling a Bulging Hernia: Don’t Ignore Your Groin Pain“. Other topics this month include family health history, medical scans, and the science of health.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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

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

How to Make the Case for Integrating Health Literacy Throughout Your Organization – December 13, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – Have you been having trouble advocating for or implementing health-literacy initiatives in your organization? You are not alone. The good news it that by integrating health literacy, you can both better protect your organization and improve patient engagement and outcomes. This webinar will introduce the health policies and regulations that support integrating health literacy into health systems, and it will provide actionable tips for helping you do so in your organization.

Activate, Collaborate, and Educate: Health Outreach and Programming in Your Community (Tween/Teen Substance Use Awareness) – December 13, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – This session will provide an overview of ideas to conduct health outreach and create health programs for libraries and community/faith based organizations, particularly related to Tween/Teen Substance Use Awareness, and National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week. Participants will learn how to integrate resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and other reputable agencies, and where to locate free materials.

2018 MeSH Highlights – January 5, 1:00-1:30 PM ET – Join NTO and NLM staff for a highlights tour of the 2018 Medical Subject Headings (MeSH). A 20-minute presentation will feature the change of contraindications from subheading to MeSH heading; new publication types; updates to classification of isotopes and radioisotopes; additional terminology for viruses, smoking, and sugars; and restructuring in plant and animal taxonomies. Following the presentation, Indexing and MeSH experts will be available to answer your questions.

MeSH Changes and PubMed Searching – January 19, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Every year, the Medical Subject Headings are updated. How does this affect your PubMed searches? What happens when a term gets changed, or added, or removed; or moved to a different part of the MeSH hierarchy? How do you accommodate vocabulary changes over time in your comprehensive searches? How do you check your saved searches and alerts? Join NTO for this webinar to find out!

Chickasaw Nation Tackles the Opioid Epidemic -January 25, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Define Your Direction is a comprehensive prescription opioid abuse prevention movement created by the Chickasaw Nation using Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and Southern Plains Tribal Health Board funding. Define Your Direction utilizes multiple strategies aimed at increasing awareness, reducing access to drugs and alcohol, and preventing overdose deaths. The webinar, presented by the Office of Minority Health National Partnership for Action, will highlight the movement’s various components, challenges experienced during its development and implementation phases, and successes.

Other Items of Interest

Job Posting:  Cataloging/Interlibrary loan librarian, #17-22025, NYU Winthrop Hospital, Mineola NY

The Opioid Epidemic and Libraries: An American Libraries Live Webcast – December 11, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Many libraries are finding themselves caught right in the middle of the opioid epidemic. This crisis creates a variety of issues for librarians—we find ourselves faced with security questions, questions about treatment, questions about community resources and even medical questions. It can be tough to know how to address these issues and where to begin. Join ALA for this discussion with experts who can speak to the unique concerns that come with the obligation to serve our communities in this time of crisis.

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

Upcoming NNLM Webinars for Public Health

Tue, 2017-12-05 11:12

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) website offers free professional development opportunities each month for public health professionals and librarians. During December 2017, attend free NNLM webinars related to high reliability in healthcare organizations, community response to substance misuse, apps related to consumer health, and how to search ClinicalTrials.gov:

Today! Moving Towards High Reliability in Health Care – December 5, 2017, 2:00PM ET – In this session, characteristics of high reliability organizations will be discussed and the types of practical strategies that health care organizations can adopt to move towards these characteristics.

Tomorrow! A Community Effort: Responding to Substance Misuse – December 6, 2017, 2:00PM-4:00PM ET – Part 1: Responding to the Crisis of Addiction in Our Communities – In this session we will cover a variety of approaches that address misinformation, harm reduction efforts, and support for persons in recovery, and will explore a range of resources available to professionals, community organizations, and individuals struggling with addiction. Part 2: Substance Misuse Prevention: A Community Effort – The Howard County Health Department offers monthly Opioid Overdose Response trainings to the public. These trainings teach how to give Naloxone (a safe and effective antidote for opioid overdose) and rescue breathing to an overdosing person until help arrives. Providing naloxone and rescue breathing can be the difference between life and death. Come learn how libraries and community groups can also be of value in preventing substance abuse, misuse and addiction.

ClinicalTrials.gov: Results Reporting, Unique Evidence & the Role of the Medical Librarian – December 7, 2017, 11:00AM – 12:00PM 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.The 1 credit webinar covers the materials in a survey format with polls and exercises.

Activate, Collaborate, and Educate: Health Outreach and Programming in Your Community (Tween/Teen Substance Use Awareness) – December 13, 2017, 2:00PM – 3:00PM ET – This session 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. The sample topic for this session is Tween/Teen Substance Use Awareness to offer libraries and other organizations ideas for National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week (January 22-28, 2018).

There’s an App for That! Consumer Apps for Health & Fitness – December 13, 2017, 4:00PM – 5:00PM ET – Across all mobile platforms, fitness and health applications are some of the most popular and most frequently downloaded. By better understanding how to evaluate applications, librarians can help patients and patrons make informed decisions about the apps that they choose to download. This webinar focuses on understanding how to evaluate apps and provide information about recommended apps.

Categories: RML Blogs

NLM, NNLM, and the NIH All of Us Research Program

Mon, 2017-12-04 14:02

From the NLM Outreach and Special Populations Branch:

NIH’s All of Us Research Program and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) have teamed up to raise awareness about the program, a landmark effort to advance precision medicine. Through this collaboration, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine has received a $4.5 million award to support community engagement efforts by public libraries across the United States and to improve participant access.

“We want to reach participants where they are. For many people in the country, including those with limited internet access, one of those places is the local library,” said Eric Dishman, director of the All of Us Research Program. “We’re excited to work with the National Library of Medicine to make more people aware of All of Us and the opportunity to take part.”

This partnership is a three-year pilot program, with several objectives:

  • To increase the capacity of public library staff to improve health literacy.
  • To equip public libraries with information about the All of Us Research Program to share with their local communities.
  • To assess the potential impact of libraries on participant enrollment and retention.
  • To highlight public libraries as a technology resource that participants can use to engage with the program, particularly those in underserved communities affected by the digital divide.
  • To establish an online platform for education and training about All of Us and precision medicine, with resources for members of the public, health professionals, librarians and researchers.
  • To help identify best practices in messaging and outreach that lead to increased public interest and engagement in the program.

“Libraries serve as vital community hubs, and this collaboration presents a perfect opportunity to help the public understand how health research impacts all of us,” said Patricia Flatley Brennan, R.N., Ph.D., director of NLM. “Working with our vast network of public libraries, we hope to contribute to medical breakthroughs that may lead to more tailored disease prevention and treatment solutions for generations to come.”

The All of Us Research Program aims to build one of the largest, most diverse datasets of its kind for health research, with one million or more volunteers nationwide who will sign up to share their information over time. Researchers will be able to access participants’ de-identified information for a variety of studies to learn more about the biological, behavioral and environmental factors that influence health and disease. Their findings may lead to more individualized health care approaches in the future.

Amanda J. Wilson, head of NLM’s National Network Coordinating Office, and Dara Richardson-Heron, M.D., chief engagement officer of the All of Us Research Program, lead the new partnership.

The All of Us Research Program is currently in beta testing. To learn more and to sign up for updates, please visit https://www.joinallofus.org.

Learn more about the partnership from the NIH Press Release.

Categories: RML Blogs

Weekly Postings

Fri, 2017-12-01 10:15

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

Spotlight

Funding applications due today! The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region, is accepting applications for health information outreach, health literacy initiatives, emergency preparedness partnerships and health sciences library projects. Applications for the current round of funding are due by COB today, December 1.

Today, December 1, is World AIDS Day. Check out our recent blog posts on educational materials and an online resource training module to learn about quality sources of information about HIV/AIDS. Follow #WorldAIDSDay on Twitter to see how others are getting involved today.

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is pleased to announce a partnership with the NIH All of Us Research Program (All of Us), part of the Precision Medicine Initiative. Through this collaboration, NNLM’s Regional Medical Libraries and National Offices will focus on improving consumer access to high quality health information in communities throughout the U.S., specifically, by working with public libraries.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

NNLM Data Education Needs Assessment: The field of data science is broad in scope; encompassing a wide variety of areas including the generation, characterization, management, storage, analysis, visualization, integration, use of large data science relevant to biomedical and health research. NNLM is seeking feedback on your training needs for data science and management. This assessment will provide direction for future NNLM educational opportunities. We appreciate your participation!

Check out the Fall 2017 issue of the MAReport! This quarter, Michelle Burda is talking about our partnership with the Health Care Education Association (HCEA). Read her article to learn more about what HCEA means to its members.

Renew your membership today! If you have not yet verified that your organization’s record is up-to-date, see our recent blog post about the benefits of renewal and NNLM Membership. Are you having trouble creating an NNLM account? If you have received an error message such as, “email address already in use,” contact us for assistance.

New on YouTube: Beyond the Basics of Pediatric Obesity: Resources from NLM, November 16, 2017

National Library of Medicine/National Institutes of Health News

Health, Culture, and CommunityNLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Quick Q&A with the Bioinformatics in Medical Genetics GroupNLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Michael DeBakey and the Education of American SurgeonsCirculating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

NIH Director’s Blog

Reflections on the “Managing Digital Objects” MeetingDataScience@NIH, Driving Discovery Through Data

The National Library of Medicine is accepting applications for their Associate Fellowship Program! This is a one-year postgraduate training fellowship at the NLM in Bethesda, Maryland, with an optional second year program component. The program is designed to provide a broad foundation in health sciences information services, and to prepare librarians for future leadership roles in health sciences libraries and in health services research. Apply by January 26, 2018 to be considered for the 2018-2019 program.

NLM Announces 2018 Michael E. DeBakey Fellows in the History of Medicine – congratulations to the 2018 Fellows!

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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

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

A Community Effort: Responding to Substance Misuse – December 6, 2:00-4:00 PM ET – Librarians are arming themselves with Naloxone and saving lives, but how else can we respond to the opioid crisis and the other substance related disorders that plague our campuses and communities? This session, sponsored by SEA, will cover a variety of approaches that address misinformation, harm reduction efforts, and support for persons in recovery, and will explore a range of resources available to professionals, community organizations, and individuals struggling with addiction.

ClinicalTrials.gov: Results Reporting, Unique Evidence & the Role of the Medical Librarian – December 7, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – Sponsored by MAR, join this 1-hour overview of ClinicalTrials.gov, an 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.

How to Make the Case for Integrating Health Literacy Throughout Your Organization – December 13, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – Have you been having trouble advocating for or implementing health-literacy initiatives in your organization? You are not alone. The good news it that by integrating health literacy, you can both better protect your organization and improve patient engagement and outcomes. This webinar will introduce the health policies and regulations that support integrating health literacy into health systems, and it will provide actionable tips for helping you do so in your organization.

Activate, Collaborate, and Educate: Health Outreach and Programming in Your Community (Tween/Teen Substance Use Awareness) – December 13, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – This session will provide an overview of ideas to conduct health outreach and create health programs for libraries and community/faith based organizations, particularly related to Tween/Teen Substance Use Awareness, and National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week. Participants will learn how to integrate resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and other reputable agencies, and where to locate free materials.

Other Items of Interest

Facilitating Health Communication with Immigrant, Refugee, and Migrant Populations Through the Use of Health Literacy and Community Engagement Strategies: Proceedings of a Workshop – The National Academies

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

HIV/AIDS Information Resources Online Course

Wed, 2017-11-29 14:54

The HIV/AIDS Information Resources from the National Library of Medicine online course is designed to provide valuable health information resources from NLM and other reliable sources to increase awareness of the abundance of treatment information and educational materials that are available online. This free, 30-minute course can be accessed at any time and will cover the following resources:

  • AIDSource
  • AIDSinfo®
  • ClinicalTrials.gov
  • MedlinePlus®
  • PubMed®/MEDLINE®
  • Public Health Partners

How to access the course:

  1. Go to the HIV/AIDS Information Outreach page of the SIS website.
  2. Scroll down to Training Classes.
  3. If you do not require a certificate of completion, click the name of the course to begin. To receive a certificate of completion:
    • Go to the learning center login page and click Register Now.
    • Complete the information, using National Library of Medicine as the partition.
    • Click Register Account at the bottom right of the page.
    • Re-sign in to the system and select Enroll Now.
    • The HIV/AIDS Information Resources course will be highlighted, with a Launch button to the left.
    • After finishing the course, complete the post-course survey.

Please note: for best interaction with the system, ensure that pop-up blockers are disabled for the site.

 

Categories: RML Blogs

Resources for World AIDS Day

Tue, 2017-11-28 15:48

For World AIDS Day on Friday, December 1st, share educational materials in multiple languages about HIV/AIDS prevention, testing, treatment, and living with the condition.  Health professionals can find multilingual HIV/AIDS patient materials on HealthReach, a website created by the National Library of Medicine that offers reliable health information in many languages and formats.  Share the eight-part HIV/AIDS 101 training series, including handouts, video, and audio in four languages (English, Chinese, Korean, and Spanish).

Explore HIV/AIDS patient material like:

  • What is HIV? – HIV/AIDS 101 – This one-page handout with accompanying video and audio recording educates people about human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which is the virus that can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, or AIDS.
  • I have HIV. Does that mean I have AIDS? – HIV/AIDS 101 – This one-page handout with accompanying video and audio recording educates people about the difference between human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), which is the late stage of HIV infection.
  • Find Support – Newly diagnosed with HIV – This one-page handout with accompanying video and audio recording educates people who are newly diagnosed with HIV about ways to find support through emotional and physical issues.
  • What does a positive HIV test result mean? – HIV testing – This one-page handout with accompanying video and audio recording educates people about what happens if an HIV test result is positive.
  • HIV – Low risk sexual behaviors – Sexual risks – This two-page handout with accompanying video and audio recording educates people about sexual behaviors that carry low risk for spreading HIV.

Learn more about HIV/AIDS research and treatment, including current treatment guidelines, drugs, and clinical trials at AIDSinfo, a service of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

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Weekly Postings

Wed, 2017-11-22 11:56

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

Spotlight

Funding available! The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region, is accepting applications for health information outreach, health literacy initiatives, emergency preparedness partnerships and health sciences library projects. Applications will be due by COB on December 1. See a recent blog post from Executive Director, Kate Flewelling for details, or review our funding opportunities and start your application today!

Check out the Fall 2017 issue of the MAReport! This quarter, Elaina Vitale is “Highlighting Community Outreach within the Middle Atlantic Region” – read more about her involvement with two symposiums in New Jersey, and our partnership with Albany Medical College on their project to improve patient-provider communications.

The MAR offices will be closed tomorrow, November 23rd through the weekend for the Thanksgiving holiday. From all of us at MAR, have a safe and happy holiday!

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

NNLM Data Education Needs Assessment: The field of data science is broad in scope; encompassing a wide variety of areas including the generation, characterization, management, storage, analysis, visualization, integration, use of large data science relevant to biomedical and health research. NNLM is seeking feedback on your training needs for data science and management. This assessment will provide direction for future NNLM educational opportunities. We appreciate your participation!

Resources for Family Caregivers – MARquee News Highlights

Brushing Up on Cold Remedies – NER Update

Report on the Systematic Review Workshop: The Nuts and Bolts for Librarians at the University of Pittsburgh – Latitudes, the Newsletter from PSR

Free Resources to Help Communities Engage with Their Data – NEO Shop Talk

Renew your membership today! If you have not yet verified that your organization’s record is up-to-date, see our recent blog post about the benefits of renewal and NNLM Membership. Are you having trouble creating an NNLM account? If you have received an error message such as, “email address already in use,” contact us for assistance.

New on YouTube: Working Together: Building a Library and Public Health Community Partnership For Patient Empowerment – November 14, 2017

National Library of Medicine/National Institutes of Health News

The National Library of Medicine is making some changes to Interlibrary Loan Services (ILL) beginning in January 2018. Details.

I Still Walk in WonderNLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

NLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

An Interdisciplinary Approach to Audience Engagement: Confronting Violence Visits the Florence-Lauderdale Public LibraryCirculating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

Clinical Trials Bring Hope to Kids with Spinal Muscular AtrophyNIH Director’s Blog

The National Library of Medicine is accepting applications for their Associate Fellowship Program! This is a one-year postgraduate training fellowship at the NLM in Bethesda, Maryland, with an optional second year program component. The program is designed to provide a broad foundation in health sciences information services, and to prepare librarians for future leadership roles in health sciences libraries and in health services research. Apply by January 26, 2018 to be considered for the 2018-2019 program.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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

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

Designing Conference Posters in PowerPoint – November 28, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Sponsored by MAR, this session will present you with design strategies for professional looking posters, such as size specifications, good visual balance, and organizing content. You will see how PowerPoint’s extended menus and tools can be utilized to transform a blank slide to a ready-to-print poster.

Resources for Health Services Research and Public Health: NLM’s National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR) – November 29, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Join this upcoming session of NNLM Resource Picks to learn from the NICHSR staff about NICHSR ONESearch! This presentation will highlight valuable resources of data for assessing the impact of changing health policies, updates from high value sources about news and useful tools to support health service or public health practice, and more.

In-person opportunity! Health Statistics on the Web and Activate, Collaborate, and Educate: Health Outreach and Programming in Your Community – December 1, 9:30 AM-3:00 PM ET – The HSLANJ CE Committee is pleased to offer this double-header at the New Jersey Hospital Association in Princeton, NJ. Featuring two classes presented by NNLM MAR Executive Director, Kate Flewelling. Participants are eligible for 4 MLA CE.

A Community Effort: Responding to Substance Misuse – December 6, 2:00-4:00 PM ET – Librarians are arming themselves with Naloxone and saving lives, but how else can we respond to the opioid crisis and the other substance related disorders that plague our campuses and communities? This session, sponsored by SEA, will cover a variety of approaches that address misinformation, harm reduction efforts, and support for persons in recovery, and will explore a range of resources available to professionals, community organizations, and individuals struggling with addiction.

ClinicalTrials.gov: Results Reporting, Unique Evidence & the Role of the Medical Librarian – December 7, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – Sponsored by MAR, join this 1-hour overview of ClinicalTrials.gov, an 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.

How to Make the Case for Integrating Health Literacy Throughout Your Organization – December 13, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – Have you been having trouble advocating for or implementing health-literacy initiatives in your organization? You are not alone. The good news it that by integrating health literacy, you can both better protect your organization and improve patient engagement and outcomes. This webinar will introduce the health policies and regulations that support integrating health literacy into health systems, and it will provide actionable tips for helping you do so in your organization.

Activate, Collaborate, and Educate: Health Outreach and Programming in Your Community (Tween/Teen Substance Use Awareness) – December 13, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – This session will provide an overview of ideas to conduct health outreach and create health programs for libraries and community/faith based organizations, particularly related to Tween/Teen Substance Use Awareness, and National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week. Participants will learn how to integrate resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and other reputable agencies, and where to locate free materials.

Other Items of Interest

Job Postings:

  • Head of Cataloging, University Library System, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Director, Health Sciences Library, NYU School of Medicine, New York, NY

AHRQ 2.0: The Importance of Data-Informed Insights – AHRQ Views

Answering Your Community’s Health Insurance Questions

Glenn Miller, Deputy Secretary & Commissioner for Libraries, Office of Commonwealth Libraries (PA)

Due to federal outreach and advertising budget cuts, plus a six-week reduction in the open enrollment period for health insurance, many people are confused about how to shop for health insurance plans.

Please use the following information to help people in your community.  You might want to consider posting the information on your website.

Fast Facts:

  1. The enrollment period started November 1 and ends on December 15.  (In prior years, the enrollment period lasted until January 31.)
  2. Consumers can find free enrollment help at https://localhelp.healthcare.gov.
  3. Consumers who know they are eligible for financial assistance can shop on the exchange at https://www.healthcare.gov. (Remember: the site will not be available during open enrollment from midnight until 12 p.m. on every Sunday except December 10.)
  4. Consumers’ Checkbook, a plan comparison tool that was released by the Pennsylvania Department of Insurance last year, now displays plans for 2018.  It allows shoppers to compare on- and off-exchange plans using a variety of factors, including monthly premium and estimated yearly cost. The plan comparison tool is also valuable for those who do not qualify for financial assistance and could be affected by the rate increases necessitated by the Trump Administration’s decision to end payments for cost-sharing reductions.
  5. For more information on 2018 rates and additional resources for shopping for health insurance, visit insurance.pa.gov.

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Resources for Family Caregivers

Tue, 2017-11-21 10:27

From the Outreach and Special Populations Branch:

November is National Family Caregivers Month, and the National Library of Medicine offers resources to support family caregivers through information on MedlinePlus and through multilingual information for family caregivers on HealthReach.  HealthReach provides materials for caregivers (documents, video, and audio) in multiple languages related to home care and caregivers, such as:

  • For the Caregiver (11 languages): This three-page handout educates people who take care of a loved one with cancer at home about managing their role as caregiver. It provides recommendations for ways caregivers can manage stress and take care of themselves, ask family and friends for help, and communicate with the loved one who has cancer about expectations and limits.
  • Home Care Instructions After Surgery (12 languages): This eight-page illustrated handout provides common instructions for home care for people recovering from surgery. It clarifies that patients should follow any instructions given to them by their doctor or nurse that are based on their specific needs. It outlines what to do and what not to do for the first 24 hours after surgery. The document contains guidelines and helpful tips for home care, discussing medicines, activity, diet and bowel movement, and incision care.
  • Using a Medicine Spoon or Dropper (3 languages): This six-page illustrated handout educates parents and caregivers about how to use a medicine spoon or dropper to measure liquid medicine for children and adults.
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