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Happening Tomorrow! Citizen Science in Libraries: Fostering Community Connections on Citizen Science Day and Beyond

Tue, 2018-04-03 10:06

Are you interested in citizen science? Are you looking for new ways to engage with your community members, and would you like to encourage science discovery with more of your users? If you answered yes to any of the above, then don’t miss this exciting PSR webinar featuring Darlene Cavalier, professor of practice at Arizona State University and the founder of SciStarter, a citizen science database and platform. Darlene will describe several citizen science projects in public libraries in Arizona that are part of an IMLS grant, and she’ll share resources and information to spark ideas for your library. Citizen science enables people from all walks of life to engage in formal and informal research to advance fields spanning astronomy to zoology. This webinar will provide a general overview of citizen science, highlight recent activities to support libraries as community hubs for citizen science, and showcase free resources available to librarians who want to jump in now by promoting citizen science at libraries leading up to, during, and after Citizen Science Day on April 14.

Citizen Science in Libraries: Fostering Community Connections on Citizen Science Day and Beyond – April 4, 12:00-1:00 PM ET

Note: this webinar will be recorded for later viewing. Please be sure to register if you would like to receive notice when the recording is available.

 

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Last Chance to Register – Funding to attend Health Symposium for Public Librarians

Mon, 2018-04-02 08:00

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is offering stipends of up to $500 to support travel and lodging to attend the Health Information for Public Librarians Symposium taking place at this year’s Medical Library Association Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA. The Symposium will take place on May 22nd and 23rd.

Stipends are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis with an emphasis on equal distribution across the nation. Applications will be accepted while space is available. You must be working in a US-based public library and have an interest or role in providing health information to the public in order to qualify. For accepted applications, registration to the symposium will also be fully funded in addition to the $500.

Additionally, in an effort to support public librarians from our region, NNLM MAR will also purchase roundtrip airfare for attendees from our region (Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania). Please Note: If your application is accepted, NNLM-MAR staff will be in touch to coordinate airfare purchase.

Attendees will learn about the All of Us Research Program, what others are doing to engage the public in health information, available resources for providing health information to patrons, and more. There will also be opportunities to network with other public and health librarians from across the country.

Apply for a stipend online using our online application form. If you have any questions about the symposium or concerns about sufficient funding, please contact Veronica Leigh Milliner (All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator – NNLM MAR) at VLM38@pitt.edu.

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Weekly Postings

Fri, 2018-03-30 11:12

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

Spotlight

Member Highlights: Laurel Public Library, Laurel, DE – learn how this library took the initiative to engage and inspire their community in the quest for health information, and the pursuit of healthy living through cooking. Is your organization working on a similar project? Tell us about it! NNLM MAR is always interested in learning about health outreach activities that are happening in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Delaware.

National Minority Health Month begins next week! The theme for 2018 is Partnering for Health Equity, which highlights partnerships at the federal, state, local, tribal and territorial levels that help reduce disparities in health and health care. Check out the NMHM webpage for social media events, upcoming webinars, and free promotional materials that you can use to support #NMHM18.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

Funding Available! Just two weeks remain to apply for health information outreach funding through the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region. Organizations in DE, NJ, PA and NY are eligible to apply for up to $19,000 for projects starting May 15. Applications are due on April 13, 2018 at 11pm ET. We look forward to funding some great projects!

The Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey (HSLANJ) Spring 2018 Group Licensing Offer is now available. The deadline to participate is Friday, April 27. NNLM MAR members are eligible for this cost-saving opportunity!

NNLM Edit-a-thon: are you interested in improving the consumer 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 an edit-a-thon? Join the National Network of Libraries of Medicine on April 17th as we add citations to existing Wikipedia articles on rare diseases! Learn more about this opportunity and follow the event on Twitter using #citeNLM2018!

NNLM is offering stipends of up to $500 to support public library staff’s travel and lodging for the Health Information for Public Librarians Symposium at the MLA Annual meeting in Atlanta, GA. First come, first serve! Learn more about eligibility and instructions on how to apply. NNLM MAR will also purchase roundtrip airfare for public library staff from our region (Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania). Please Note: If your application is accepted, NNLM MAR staff will be in touch to coordinate airfare purchase.

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. Please Note: Applicants for NNLM MAR funding must have updated membership records.

Celebrate Citizen Science Day! – SEA Currents

Stand Up for Health in Philadelphia – NER Update

New on YouTube: Improving the Health, Safety and Well-being of LGBT Populations: Part 2, March 14, 2018 – sponsored by GMR

NLM/NIH News

Reflections on the Work of the Research Data AllianceNLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Quick Q&A with NCBI’s Evolutionary Genomics Research GroupNLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

NIH Director’s Blog

WWI—“Can Women Physicians Serve in the Army?”Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

MedlinePlus has launched a Healthy Recipe of the Week campaign! You can find new recipes in English and Spanish every week.

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!

Partnering to Transform the Care Environment for Transgender and Gender-Expansive Patients – April 5, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – As gender identity becomes a more contentious political topic almost by the day, healthcare professionals increasingly are interested in how they can partner with transgender and gender-expansive patients to provide informed and compassionate care. Sponsored by SEA, this presentation will review the ever-changing vocabulary around gender identity and expression, provide an overview of the information needs of both health professionals and patients, and highlight available online resources and other training opportunities that can be shared with health professionals.

Addressing a By-Product of the Opioid Addiction Crisis: Commercial Sexual Exploitation – April 10, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – In this webinar offered by NER, participants will learn what human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation are. This presentation will debunk some of the commonly held misconceptions and arm you with the true facts and statistics about prostitution. It will provide warning signs and red flags and help to identify victims in need of support. Presenters will explain the do’s and don’ts of working with victims and survivors of commercial sexual exploitation and equip participants with the tools and resources to assist this marginalized and vulnerable group of individuals.

Teaching Evidence-Based Medicine: Perspectives of Academic Health Science Institutions – April 11, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – Join SCR for this webinar that will discuss methods of teaching evidence-based practice, and of assessing EBP knowledge and skills, at various medical and health sciences schools. This presentation will explain the values and challenges of teaching EBP – and strategies for addressing those challenges.

How Do Communities Welcome People Managing Mental Illnesses and the Disease of Addiction? – April 18, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Many communities have made concerted efforts to welcome and serve vulnerable people who manage mental illnesses and/or the disease of addiction. Very often, libraries function as the focal point for information about services, diagnoses and treatments, and other community groups turn to them for guidance. Sponsored by MAR, this webinar will provide ideas about how community members can learn about behavioral health issues, so they can serve these citizens with respect and dignity.

Beyond the Memes: Social Media Evaluation – April 18, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – In this webinar, you will learn the basics about social media analytics, and how to use the data to evaluate social media campaigns and programs. You will also learn the basic principles of evaluation, such as creating realistic outcomes and objectives for your social media activities. After this PNR Rendezvous, you’ll be able to evaluate and report on your social media activities, and have a basic understanding of evaluation principles.

Other Items of Interest

Job Posting: Diversity Fellow, SUNY Upstate Medical University Health Sciences Library, Syracuse, NY

The 60th annual National Library Week is just around the corner, April 8-14. This year’s theme: Libraries Lead. Learn more about upcoming events and ways to celebrate from the American Library Association, including free, promotional graphics that you can download to participate on social media!

Partnerships for Health Equity Drive HHS Observance of National Minority Health Month 2018 #NMHM18 – The Office of Minority Health

Learning Health Systems: Continuing The Conversation – AHRQ Views

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 Tip 7 – Get letters of support

Thu, 2018-03-29 08:00

Like most funding agencies, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region, loves partnerships. As you think about applying for funding, make sure you have letters of support/commitment from key partners.

You should include letters of support from:

  • Your administration, stating support for PI & project staff to complete the project within the designated timeframe
  • The administration of all partner organizations involved in, or targeted in the project
  • If technology is being purchased, include a letter of commitment from the person in charge of supporting technology at your institution

Read more funding tips from NNLM MAR.

Applications are due April 13!

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Member Highlights: Laurel Public Library, Laurel, DE

Wed, 2018-03-28 11:22

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

Nutritious, Quick, and FlavorFULL Cooking

This project began in 2014 in response to the high rates of obesity and obesity-related conditions in the Laurel community. The goal continues to be to reaching out to adults with these conditions, or those at risk, to engage and educate them on where and how to find reliable, accessible sources for their health information needs, as well as health information for caregivers. Additionally, the library wants to engage and inspire them in their quest for information, as well as in pursuit of healthy living, through easy, tasty recipes and food preparation techniques. The expectation is that with the knowledge and encouragement to secure reliable information resources, they will improve their quality of lives by eliminating obesity and consequently either eliminate or better manage obesity-related conditions.

To reach these goals, the Laurel Public Library created a three-session program with each session containing two parts. The first part of each session features Certified Executive Chef Carolyn “Bonnie” Aronson, teaching and demonstrating food preparation techniques through creating healthy, easy to prepare dishes. The dishes are easily replicated and employ techniques that chefs of any skill level can implement, with materials and equipment they already have or can easily purchase within their communities. She also provides hand-outs that provide tips for healthy cooking and ways to enhance flavor and make them healthier. All attendees are inspired, engaged, and motivated to cook and eat healthier.

Chef Carolyn "Bonnie" Aronson

Chef Bonnie

The second part of each session features a degreed librarian – Medical Librarian Linda Leonard in 2014 and 2015, and Adult Services Librarian Gregg McCullough in 2017 – guiding attendees through using health information resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM), and Delaware Libraries. Linda demonstrated MedlinePlus and NIHSeniorHealth as well as internet searching strategies. Gregg demonstrated MedlinePlus, Go4Life, Flipster, Universal Class, and MasterFile Premier. Some attendees had little or no computer experience before this program, so an unexpected result was teaching computer navigation and inspiring individuals how easy and beneficial computer use is. Each session included select, different resources from those mentioned.

The project had successes and obstacles. All attendees reported overwhelmingly positive feedback. Everyone learned new recipes and cooking techniques, and most reported they planned to implement what they learned for their diets and those of their families. Likewise, all attendees reported they learned at least one new health information resource. Several reported planning to use what they learned about health resources when looking for health information. While the library staff hoped that all attendees would plan to use at least one health information resource presented, they met their goal to connect individuals to reliable resources and build users’ confidence in using computers to search for reliable information, and use online resources from NLM and Delaware Libraries. Additionally, individuals were motivated to use what they learned from Chef Bonnie to improve their diets, which in turn meets the library’s goal of combating or treating obesity and related conditions. The first two years included Linda leading the sessions, with library director Wendy Roberts assisting participants. In 2017, Gregg was the sole presenter, and therefore gave the presentation and assisted attendees individually. In future, they feel it would be helpful to have a second person – either a staff member or volunteer – available to assist attendees with using resources. The library’s outreach initiatives and partnerships continue to grow, so that the future publicity of this and other library events will reach wider audiences and increase engagement in library events. The library was very successful in reaching its goals for those who attended.

nutritious, quick and flavorfull cooking with chef Bonnie and Librarian Gregg. Learn how fun and easy healthy cooking is and how easy it is to find reliable health information online.Each year, the library asked attendees to attend all three sessions. In 2017, those who attended did so, while in previous years not all attendees were able to attend all three sessions. Community feedback revealed that many were interested, but fewer registered because they were unable to commit to attending all three sessions. Those who registered for 2014 and 2015 attended at least one session but approximately half attended all three. This expectation was a barrier to individuals attending, so in future the library is looking to remove this expectation and offer attendees the choice of attending whatever session or sessions they wish. While attendance has been capped at 20 attendees in prior years, changing the attendance expectation can increase attendance so that up to 20 individuals can attend each session and if multiple sessions are held, as in past years, the numbers will be higher.

This project was funded by NNLM MAR. Additionally, Laurel Public Library’s ongoing partnership with Certified Executive Chef Carolyn “Bonnie” Aronson made the food presentations possible, and partnerships with local organizations (businesses, churches, etc.) increased program publicity in the community.

Want to learn more about this and other programs at the Laurel Public Library? Visit the library’s Adult Services webpage, or follow them on Facebook or Twitter. You can also contact Gregg McCullough, Adult Services Librarian, via email: gregg.mccullough@lib.de.us or telephone: (302) 875-3184.

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Weekly Postings

Fri, 2018-03-23 10:37

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

Spotlight

Funding Available Now! NNLM MAR Members can apply by 11:00 PM ET on April 13 for projects starting May 15, 2018. Need more information?

Check out the Winter 2018 edition of The MAReport! This quarter, Erin Seger is highlighting the natural connection between libraries and public health education in her article, “Libraries as Health Equity Partners.

The Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey (HSLANJ) Spring 2018 Group Licensing Offer is now available. The deadline to participate is Friday, April 27. NNLM MAR members are eligible for this cost-saving opportunity!

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

NNLM Edit-a-thon: are you interested in improving the consumer 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 an edit-a-thon? Join the National Network of Libraries of Medicine on April 17th as we add citations to existing Wikipedia articles on rare diseases! Learn more about this opportunity and follow the event on Twitter using #citeNLM2018!

NNLM is offering stipends of up to $500 to support public library staff’s travel and lodging for the Health Information for Public Librarians Symposium at the MLA Annual meeting in Atlanta, GA. First come, first serve! Learn more about eligibility and instructions on how to apply. NNLM MAR will also purchase roundtrip airfare for public library staff from our region (Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania). Please Note: If your application is accepted, NNLM MAR staff will be in touch to coordinate airfare purchase.

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. Please Note: Applicants for NNLM MAR funding must have updated membership records.

New on YouTube:

NLM/NIH News

Next-Generation Data Science Research ChallengesNLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Q&A: James Ostell Maps the Future—and Present—of BiotechnologyNLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

NIH Director’s Blog

NLM Manuscripts on Loan to Romance and ReasonCirculating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

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!

HealthReach: Health Information in Many Languages – March 28, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Register for this next session of NNLM Resource Picks, our collaborative, bimonthly, webcast series that highlights resources from the National Library of Medicine. HealthReach offers easy access to free, quality, multilingual, multicultural health information for those working with or providing care to individuals with limited English proficiency (LEP). Join SCR and the HealthReach team to learn about the history, how to use, and the future of HealthReach.

Partnering to Transform the Care Environment for Transgender and Gender-Expansive Patients – April 5, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – As gender identity becomes a more contentious political topic almost by the day, healthcare professionals increasingly are interested in how they can partner with transgender and gender-expansive patients to provide informed and compassionate care. Sponsored by SEA, this presentation will review the ever-changing vocabulary around gender identity and expression, provide an overview of the information needs of both health professionals and patients, and highlight available online resources and other training opportunities that can be shared with health professionals.

Addressing a By-Product of the Opioid Addiction Crisis: Commercial Sexual Exploitation – April 10, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – In this webinar offered by NER, participants will learn what human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation are. This presentation will debunk some of the commonly held misconceptions and arm you with the true facts and statistics about prostitution. It will provide warning signs and red flags and help to identify victims in need of support. Presenters will explain the do’s and don’ts of working with victims and survivors of commercial sexual exploitation and equip participants with the tools and resources to assist this marginalized and vulnerable group of individuals.

Teaching Evidence-Based Medicine: Perspectives of Academic Health Science Institutions – April 11, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – Join SCR for this webinar that will discuss methods of teaching evidence-based practice, and of assessing EBP knowledge and skills, at various medical and health sciences schools. This presentation will explain the values and challenges of teaching EBP – and strategies for addressing those challenges.

How Do Communities Welcome People Managing Mental Illnesses and the Disease of Addiction? – April 18, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Many communities have made concerted efforts to welcome and serve vulnerable people who manage mental illnesses and/or the disease of addiction. Very often, libraries function as the focal point for information about services, diagnoses and treatments, and other community groups turn to them for guidance. Sponsored by MAR, this webinar will provide ideas about how community members can learn about behavioral health issues, so they can serve these citizens with respect and dignity.

Other Items of Interest

All of Us in the news: The Struggle to Build a Massive ‘Biobank’ of Patient Data – NY Times

The 60th annual National Library Week is just around the corner, April 8-14. This year’s theme: Libraries Lead. Learn more about upcoming events and ways to celebrate from the American Library Association, including free, promotional graphics that you can download to participate on social media!

The 2018 County Health Rankings state reports: How to use data from these new reports to improve health and increase equity – March 27, 3:00 PM ET – This year’s County Health Rankings release will include enhanced state reports that focus on persistent gaps in opportunity that contribute to poor health outcomes. Building on a strong foundation of calling attention to the many factors that influence health, these reports highlight data on social and economic disparities based on place and on race and ethnicity, in addition to providing evidence-informed strategies and examples of communities taking action to address equity. This webinar will discuss key findings from the data, differences in outcomes and opportunity based on place and race/ethnicity, and specific evidence-informed approaches for taking action.

Dental Instruments: Past and Present – April 3, 4:00-6:00 PM ET – Join Stony Brook University Libraries as they celebrate the launch of an online exhibit inspired by, Dental Instruments: Past and Present, currently on display in the Health Sciences Library. This event will provide an opportunity for visitors to experience the physical display while exploring the digitized images and complementary text of the interactive online exhibit. The launch will feature a lecture by Dr. Andrew Spielman, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor, NYU School of Dentistry. The full event will be held in the Health Sciences Center, 3rd Floor Galleria at Stony Brook University in New York.

Bringing the Patient Voice to Evidence Generation: Patient Engagement in Disease Registries – AHRQ Views

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 Tip 6 – Review the Criteria

Thu, 2018-03-22 11:00

How do you know what makes a good funding proposal? A proposal might be very well-written, but it won’t get funded if it doesn’t meet the review criteria of the funding agency. At the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region, we try to be very transparent in how we critique funding applications. The review team, consisting of NNLM MAR staff and outside reviewers, read each application carefully. Each reviewer completes a review sheet that tracks to what extent the application meets the criteria. We include the criteria in the Requests for Proposal, so that applicants can write to the criteria.

Today’s funding tip – Review the criteria before writing the application. After writing a draft, you may want to ask a colleague to read the application and review it using the criteria. Sometimes fresh eyes notice gaps or areas of potential confusion.

Funding applications are due April 13 by 11pm ET. Check out more tips on our blog.

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NNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

Wed, 2018-03-21 11:24

Are you interested in improving the consumer 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 an edit-a-thon? Join the National Network of Libraries of Medicine on April 17th as we add citations to existing Wikipedia articles on rare diseases! We’ll be working on those diseases listed by the Genetic and Rare Disease Information Center, using trusted National Library of Medicine resources like Genetics Home Reference, MedlinePlus, and PubMed.

If you’re new to adding citations, NNLM will be hosting a webinar with Dr. James Heilman, a physician and active WikiProject Medicine editor. Dr. Heilman will give attendees an overview of the importance of Wikipedia, and will demo how to add a citation. NNLM’s webinar with Dr. Heilman is scheduled for 2-3 pm ET on Thursday, March 29th. Participants are encouraged to register for the training even if they can’t attend, as all registered participants will receive a recording of the webinar. Please note: you must create a Wikipedia user account prior to the event to be able to participate.

NNLM staff from across the nation will be available Tuesday, April 17th from 9 am to 9 pm ET to support you as you add your citations. Follow along with the fun on Twitter–check for hashtag #citeNLM2018!

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HSLANJ Spring 2018 Group Licensing Offer

Mon, 2018-03-19 16:43

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

Deadline to participate in the Spring Offer is Friday, April 27. Due to the online ordering system, no exceptions can be made regarding the deadline. The HSLANJ GLI greatly appreciates and welcomes early orders.

The HSLANJ GLI is recognized by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) as a lead organization capable of assisting health sciences librarians obtain resources.

Additional feedback from librarians, along with previews of vendors’ fall resources, can be found on the HSLANJ news page.

Questions? Please contact Robert T. Mackes (570-856-5952 or rtmackes@gmail.com).

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

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

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Weekly Postings

Fri, 2018-03-16 11:24

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

Spotlight

Funding Available Now! NNLM MAR Members can apply by 11:00 PM ET on April 13 for projects starting May 15, 2018. Need more information?

Check out the Winter 2018 edition of The MAReport! This quarter, Elaina Vitale is highlighting “Citizen Science and the National Library of Medicine,” including how libraries can be valuable partners in Citizen Science. If your library or institution is planning activities for Citizen Science Day on April 14, tell us about it! NNLM MAR is always interested in learning about health outreach projects and activities that are happening in our region.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

The Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey (HSLANJ) Group Licensing Initiative is previewing new titles before the Spring 2018 offer is released on March 19. NNLM MAR Members are eligible to participate!

NNLM is offering stipends of up to $500 to support public library staff’s travel and lodging for the Health Information for Public Librarians Symposium at the MLA Annual meeting in Atlanta, GA. First come, first serve! Learn more about eligibility and instructions on how to apply. NNLM MAR will also purchase roundtrip airfare for public library staff from our region (Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania). Please Note: If your application is accepted, NNLM MAR staff will be in touch to coordinate airfare purchase.

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. Please Note: Applicants for NNLM MAR funding must have updated membership records.

NLM/NIH News

The Research EcosystemNLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

NOT A FAIR FIGHT: “Viruses Don’t Play By Our Rules,” Says MacPhailNLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

NIH Director’s Blog

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

The next issue of NIH MedlinePlus Magazine is now available! For Winter 2018, Actor Jim Parsons of “The Big Bang Theory” shares his experience with NIH’s Clinical Center, also known as America’s House of Hope. This issue also features the next frontier in antibiotic resistance, the future of total knee replacement, fighting sickle cell disease, and the All of Us Research Program!

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!

Developing Escape Rooms in Libraries – March 20, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Sponsored by MAR, this webinar will feature guest speakers Alison Wessel and Olivia Glotfelty, who will discuss the development of escape rooms at libraries in Delaware and Pennsylvania. Both speakers will describe their experiences planning and implementing these escape rooms and how they proved beneficial to their audiences and libraries.

Food for Thought: Exploring Nutrition Information Resources – March 21, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Join MAR for this course designed to assist librarians, public health workers, health professionals, and the general public in locating authoritative information on nutrition and topics relating to nutrition. Background information on the importance of nutrition information to other health-related topics will be included, and resources for locating nutrition-related statistics and evidence-based practice will also be identified.

EvalBasics 1: Community Assessment – March 26-April 27, 2018 – Community assessment is the essential fact-finding phase of program development, but it can be so much more than an evaluation activity. It provides opportunities to meet leaders who provide entry into the community, initiate relationships with potential collaborators, and express your interest in the lives of the people you want to serve. In this workshop sponsored by NEO, participants will learn a four-step process for conducting community assessment that includes data collection, interpretation, and use. The relationship-building potential of each step will be discussed. Participants are eligible for 8 MLA CE.

HealthReach: Health Information in Many Languages – March 28, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Register for this next session of NNLM Resource Picks, our collaborative, bimonthly, webcast series that highlights resources from the National Library of Medicine. HealthReach offers easy access to free, quality, multilingual, multicultural health information for those working with or providing care to individuals with limited English proficiency (LEP). Join SCR and the HealthReach team to learn about the history, how to use, and the future of HealthReach.

Partnering to Transform the Care Environment for Transgender and Gender-Expansive Patients – April 5, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – As gender identity becomes a more contentious political topic almost by the day, healthcare professionals increasingly are interested in how they can partner with transgender and gender-expansive patients to provide informed and compassionate care. Sponsored by SEA, this presentation will review the ever-changing vocabulary around gender identity and expression, provide an overview of the information needs of both health professionals and patients, and highlight available online resources and other training opportunities that can be shared with health professionals.

Teaching Evidence-Based Medicine: Perspectives of Academic Health Science Institutions – April 11, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – Join SCR for this webinar that will discuss methods of teaching evidence-based practice, and of assessing EBP knowledge and skills, at various medical and health sciences schools. This presentation will explain the values and challenges of teaching EBP – and strategies for addressing those challenges.

How Do Communities Welcome People Managing Mental Illnesses and the Disease of Addiction? – April 18, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Many communities have made concerted efforts to welcome and serve vulnerable people who manage mental illnesses and/or the disease of addiction. Very often, libraries function as the focal point for information about services, diagnoses and treatments, and other community groups turn to them for guidance. Sponsored by MAR, this webinar will provide ideas about how community members can learn about behavioral health issues, so they can serve these citizens with respect and dignity.

Other Items of Interest

Job Postings:

  • Director, Miner Libraries (Job ID #207254), University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry, Rochester, NY
  • Librarian (Medical Sciences), Erie VA Medical Center, Erie, PA
  • Clinical Trials Information Specialist, Health, Environment, Analytics, Resilience & Social Policy Group, Bethesda, MD
  • Assistant Library Director for Outreach and & Public Services, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY. For more information, contact Gali Halevi, PhD Chief Library Director
  • Librarian, Geisinger Medical Center Hospital Health Sciences Library, Danville, PA

Dental Instruments: Past and Present – April 3, 4:00-6:00 PM ET – Join Stony Brook University Libraries as they celebrate the launch of an online exhibit inspired by, Dental Instruments: Past and Present, currently on display in the Health Sciences Library. This event will provide an opportunity for visitors to experience the physical display while exploring the digitized images and complementary text of the interactive online exhibit. The launch will feature a lecture by Dr. Andrew Spielman, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor, NYU School of Dentistry. The full event will be held in the Health Sciences Center, 3rd Floor Galleria at Stony Brook University in New York.

New Tools for Ambulatory Patient Safety – AHRQ Views

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Funding Tip 5 – Check out previously funded projects

Thu, 2018-03-15 16:13

It’s been two weeks since the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region, issued Requests for Proposals. With the funding deadline less than a month away (04/13/2018 11:00pm), it’s time to decide on a project idea for which to pursue funding.

A great source of ideas is NNLM’s database of previously funded projects. Here, you can view projects from all around the country. The top filters let you limit by Beneficiaries (e.g. Health Professionals – Nurses), Organization Type (e.g. Public Library), or Target Population (e.g. Hispanics/Latinos).

Looking for more ideas? In a recent newsletter article, NNLM MAR Consumer Health Coordinator Lydia Collins outlines resources for Health Outreach Made Simple“.

Check out previous funding tips and check back next week for a new tip!

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Special Announcement from the Director of the National Library of Medicine

Tue, 2018-03-13 12:36

Dear Network Member:

I am pleased to present you with A Platform for Biomedical Discovery and Data-Powered Health, the NLM Strategic Plan for 2017-2027:

https://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/plan/lrp17/NLM_StrategicReport2017_2027.html

As it approaches its third century, the National Library of Medicine will do for data what it has done for the literature – create the tools to make it FAIR, guide the development of repositories to store it in a safe and accessible manner, and develop the linkages that makes seamless pathways between the literature, models, data, visualization tools, and people.  The NLM will   play a critical role in driving the shift to data-powered research and the inherent growing demand for access to our resources. We will foster new kinds of scientific communication while preserving the world’s biomedical knowledge in sustainable ways. In partnerships across NIH and around the world we will bring together the people and processes that create biomedical knowledge for health care, health, and economic growth.

This plan will guide us as we expand and enhance our research, development, training, and or literature and data resources to make more biomedical data easier to find, use, and understand. In doing so, we are fully committed to partnership with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, the NIH Institutes and Centers, NIH grantees, scientists, health professionals, and members of the public.

Over 1700 NLM staff members, hundreds of national and international librarians, informatics professionals, biomedical scientists, data scientists, clinicians, public health specialists, and other stakeholders advised us as we charted a pathway for the next ten years.  The National Network of Libraries of Medicine plays a key role in bringing the NLM to the scientific, clinical, and lay communities.  We value its members as collaborators and look to a future of growth in outreach and impact.

Even though the plan is now in final form, I welcome your comments and advice, too, as we begin its implementation. I invite you to be our partner in the adventure.

 

Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD
Director
National Library of Medicine

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Weekly Postings

Wed, 2018-03-07 17:01

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

Spotlight

Funding Available Now! Apply for projects to start May 15, 2018.

Awards are available for projects that:

  • Enhance clinicians’ and public health workers’ abilities to find and use biomedical and health information in practice and for patient education;
  • Increase the ability for patients, family members, students and members of the general public to find and use health information;
  • Promote a culture of health literacy within an organization; or
  • Support health sciences librarians as conduits of information management, access, and delivery.

Applicants may request up to $19,000.  The application deadline is 11:00 pm ET on Friday, April 13, 2018.

Looking for ideas for an outreach project? Check out Lydia Collins’s article Health Outreach Made Simple in the Winter 2018 edition of The MAReport!

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

The MAR offices will be closed on Friday, March 9 for the University of Pittsburgh Spring holiday.

NNLM is offering stipends of up to $500 to support public library staff’s travel and lodging for the Health Information for Public Librarians Symposium at the MLA Annual meeting in Atlanta, GA. First come, first serve! Learn more about eligibility and instructions on how to apply. NNLM MAR will also purchase roundtrip airfare for public library staff from our region (Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania). If your application is accepted, NNLM MAR staff will be in touch to coordinate airfare purchase.

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. Applicants for NNLM MAR funding must have updated membership records.

NLM/NIH News

Help NLM and NIH Shape a Data-Driven FutureNLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Formulas to Display in PubMed Titles and AbstractsNLM Technical Bulletin, Your Source for the Latest Searching Information

Revealing Data: The 1918 Flu Never Topped War – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

NIH Wellness Toolkits highlight evidence-based tips for living well and improving your health.

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!

Sustaining your Organization’s Future: Mentoring and Succession Planning in Libraries – March 14, 11:00 AM – noon ET – Sponsored by the South Central Region.

Issues in Predatory Publishing – How Can Librarians Lead the Way? – March 16, 10:00-11:00 AM ET – Sponsored by the Southeastern/Atlantic Region.

Middle Atlantic Region Funding: Grants and Proposal Writing – March 16, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – This offering is specifically for those in the MAR region (DE/NJ/NY/PA). Designed for beginning grant proposal writers, this class presents a general overview of the grant and funding processes as well as the level of detail required in a successful proposal. Each component of the grant writing process will be addressed, including: documenting the need; identifying the target population; writing measurable objectives; developing a work plan, an evaluation plan and dissemination plan.

Developing Escape Rooms in Libraries – March 20, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Sponsored by MAR, this webinar will feature guest speakers Alison Wessel and Olivia Glotfelty, who will discuss the development of escape rooms at libraries in Delaware and Pennsylvania. Both speakers will describe their experiences planning and implementing these escape rooms and how they proved beneficial to their audiences and libraries.

Food for Thought: Exploring Nutrition Information Resources – March 21, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Join MAR for this course designed to assist librarians, public health workers, health professionals, and the general public in locating authoritative information on nutrition and topics relating to nutrition. Background information on the importance of nutrition information to other health-related topics will be included, and resources for locating nutrition-related statistics and evidence-based practice will also be identified.

Check the Training Schedule for more educational opportunities.

 

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 Tip 4 – Get the okay

Wed, 2018-03-07 09:25

You have read through the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region’s Requests for Proposals. You have a great idea for a project. Maybe you have even talked to some potential partners. Now what? It’s time to “Get the Okay” to apply for funding.

From whom might you need to get the okay?

  • Your supervisor
  • The department in your academic institution responsible for managing grants – that department might be called Office of Sponsored Projects, Office of Research, or External Relations.
  • Your non-profit’s board of directors
  • The person/department who can sign contracts
  • If purchasing technology, the person/department responsible for installing and maintaining

It’s important to get the okay early – often, the people in your institution responsible for approving the grant application will need some time to review before submission. That means you may need to have the application written a few days or even a couple of weeks prior to the official application deadline. These departments can also be great supports to you – they may offer advice or support in writing funding applications and have ideas for other potential funders.

Check out other funding tips on the NNLM MAR blog.

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Apply now! Funding available for health information outreach

Mon, 2018-03-05 09:05

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR), a federally funded health outreach program, invites applications for projects beginning May 15, 2018 and ending April 30, 2019. Organizations in Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania are eligible to apply.

The goal of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) 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. The NNLM is vital in the National Library of Medicine (NLM) outreach efforts to health professionals and the public to increase awareness of, facilitate access to, and provide training in the use of NLM’s web-based information resources.

Awards are available for projects that:

  • Enhance clinicians’ and public health workers’ abilities to find and use biomedical and health information in practice and for patient education;
  • Increase the ability for patients, family members, students and members of the general public to find and use health information;
  • Promote a culture of health literacy within an organization; or
  • Support health sciences librarians as conduits of information management, access, and delivery.

Applicants may request up to $19,000.  The application deadline for these is 11:00 pm ET on Friday, April 13, 2018.

Libraries, community- and faith-based organizations, schools, health departments, clinics and other health-related organizations are encouraged to apply.

Review all of our funding opportunities before beginning your application. Questions about funding or about specific awards can be directed to nnlmmar@pitt.edu.

NNLM MAR is publishing weekly tips on applying – Check out tips 1-3 now.

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Weekly Postings

Fri, 2018-03-02 11:04

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

Spotlight

Funding Available Now! NNLM MAR Members can apply by April 13 for up to $19,000 in support of health information outreach, health literacy initiatives, and health sciences library projects. Not sure where to begin?

Check out the Winter 2018 edition of The MAReport! This quarter we’re shining the spotlight on Olivia Glotfelty, MLIS, librarian at UPMC Mercy Hospital, for her amazing work with their Nurse Residency Program. Read about how she integrating the library in traditional classroom sessions, and collaborated with a Nurse Residency Program facilitator to develop an escape room activity. You can also learn more about developing escape rooms during our March 20 session of Boost Box!

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

The MAR offices will be closed on Friday, March 9 for the University of Pittsburgh Spring holiday.

NNLM is offering stipends of up to $500 to support travel and lodging for the Health Information for Public Librarians Symposium at the MLA Annual meeting in Atlanta, GA. First come, first serve! Learn more about eligibility and instructions on how to apply.

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.

Racial Disparity Before, During and After Pregnancy: Part 5 and Part 6 of 6 – Blogadillo, News from SCR

New on YouTube: Learning to Liaise with Health Professions, February 7, 2018

NLM/NIH News

NLM released a new strategic plan for 2017-2027: A Platform for Biomedical Discovery and Data-Powered Health. NLM’s future is being built on three pillars: NLM as a platform for data-driven discovery and health, reaching new users in new ways, and workforce excellence from citizens to scientists.

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

Who Am I? Twelve Notable Women in Medical HistoryNLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

NIH Director’s Blog

A Conversation About Graphic MedicineCirculating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

NLM Lends Rare Books to New York University’s Institute for the Study of the Ancient World – The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to have eleven items from its early manuscript collection included in a new exhibition, Romance and Reason: Islamic Transformations of the Classical Past at New York University’s Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW).

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!

The next edition of PubMed for Librarians begins March 8! Learn more about this series from the NTO.

Insider’s Guide to Accessing NLM Data: EDirect for PubMed – March 5-22, 2018 – This series of interactive workshops from NLM will introduce new users to the basics of using EDirect to access exactly the PubMed data you need, in the format you need. Over the course of five 90-minute sessions (plus an optional “office hours”), students will learn how to use EDirect commands in a Unix environment to access PubMed, design custom output formats, create basic data pipelines to get data quickly and efficiently, and develop simple strategies for solving real-world PubMed data-gathering challenges. No prior Unix knowledge is required; novice users are welcome!

Cool Creative Communications: Dazzling Data Visualization – March 5-April 8, 2018 – Sponsored by SEA, this asynchronous online class covers concepts of visually representing data and proven tools that are effective in making data understood at a glance. Students will increase their knowledge on data visualization concepts and a variety of data visualization applications.

NCBI Minute: Textbooks for free on the NCBI Bookshelf – March 7, 12:00-12:30 PM ET – this quick session highlights some of the highly used classic textbooks available (for free!) on the NCBI Bookshelf, points out some new ones that have been recently added, introduces why several publishers and authors find this a valuable resource to boost their readership, and how to join in by adding new and updating existing textbooks on the NCBI Bookshelf.

Improving the Health, Safety and Well-being of LGBT Populations: Part 1 – March 7, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – LGBT individuals face many barriers in accessing healthcare, including discrimination, lack of access, misunderstanding, and fear. Join MAR for this webinar that will help participants gain a better understanding of the health information needs of the LGBT community. This class will examine the benefits of LGBT-focused cultural competency for the health care team, identify electronic, print, and other resources for building quality LGBT collections and reference materials, offer ideas for outreach strategies to the LGBT community, and identify inter-professional opportunities for librarians.

Improving the Health, Safety and Well-being of LGBT Populations: Part 2 – March 14, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by GMR, Part 2 will build upon the March 7 class, including resources, searching tips, and ways to provide a welcoming environment. An additional 1 hour CE is optional for attendees who choose to do homework based on material provided during parts 1 and 2.

Middle Atlantic Region Funding: Grants and Proposal Writing – March 16, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – This offering is specifically for those in the MAR region (DE/NJ/NY/PA). Designed for beginning grant proposal writers, this class presents a general overview of the grant and funding processes as well as the level of detail required in a successful proposal. Each component of the grant writing process will be addressed, including: documenting the need; identifying the target population; writing measurable objectives; developing a work plan, an evaluation plan and dissemination plan.

Developing Escape Rooms in Libraries – March 20, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Sponsored by MAR, this webinar will feature guest speakers Alison Wessel and Olivia Glotfelty, who will discuss the development of escape rooms at libraries in Delaware and Pennsylvania. Both speakers will describe their experiences planning and implementing these escape rooms and how they proved beneficial to their audiences and libraries.

Food for Thought: Exploring Nutrition Information Resources – March 21, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Join MAR for this course designed to assist librarians, public health workers, health professionals, and the general public in locating authoritative information on nutrition and topics relating to nutrition. Background information on the importance of nutrition information to other health-related topics will be included, and resources for locating nutrition-related statistics and evidence-based practice will also be identified.

Other Items of Interest

Job Posting: Associate Director, Coordinator for Innovative Technology Services, Harrell Health Sciences Library, Penn State Hershey, PA

Upcoming NEC-Zero Webinars with Free CNE units (funded by NNLM PSR):

Healthy Me, Healthy We: Preventing Dating Violence – Office on Women’s Health Blog

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Funding Tip 3 – Read the RFP

Wed, 2018-02-28 20:38

National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region, will publish our annual Requests for Proposals (RFPs) on March 2, 2018. Even if you have applied or received funding in the past, you will notice some differences from previous years. It’s important to read through the entire RFP before starting to write.

This week’s funding tip – Read the RFP!

As you read, take note of:

  • Deadlines – NNLM MAR applications are due April 13, 2018.
  • Application requirements – what are you going to need from your institution? Partners? You need to give them as much notice as possible.
  • Submission requirements – if you submit incorrectly (eg to the wrong email address or with the wrong subject line), your application may not be reviewed
  • Page limits
  • Budget guidelines – make sure not to ask for more than the maximum listed and double check what expenses are allowable

Did you miss the other tips in this series?

Funding Tip 2 – Register for a webinar

Funding Tip 1 – Talk it through

 

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Weekly Postings

Fri, 2018-02-23 10:30

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

Spotlight

Weekly Funding Tips: Funding Tip 2- Register for a webinar – through mid-April, NNLM MAR will offer weekly tips for members who intend to apply for our next round of funding. In just a few weeks we will announce opportunities to apply for projects starting May 15, 2018. Contact us to set up a consultation!

The Winter 2018 edition of The MAReport is now available! This quarter, Michelle Burda is talking about using Shared Decision Making (SDM) as a way to encourage and engage patients in her article, “Shared Decision Making Can Empower the Patient.” Want to learn more about SDM? Register for the February 28 session of Boost Box.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

The MAR offices will be closed on Friday, March 9 for the University of Pittsburgh Spring holiday.

NNLM is offering stipends of up to $500 to support travel and lodging for the Health Information for Public Librarians Symposium at the MLA Annual meeting in Atlanta, GA. First come, first serve! Learn more about eligibility and instructions on how to apply.

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.

Social Media Analysis During Disasters – MARquee News Highlights

Looking for Author Keywords in all the Right Places – NTO News

Racial Disparity Before, During and After Pregnancy: Part 3 and Part 4 of 6 – Blogadillo, News from SCR

New on YouTube: Are You Ready? Essential Disaster Health Information Resources for Keeping Your Loved Ones Safe, January 10, 2018

NLM/NIH News

Power and Finesse: The NLM Board of RegentsNLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

When George Washington Was Searching for a New Surgeon GeneralNLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Powerful Antibiotics Found in DirtNIH Director’s Blog

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

New taxonomy files available with lineage, type, and host informationNCBI 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!

The next edition of PubMed for Librarians begins March 8! Learn more about this series from the NTO.

Shared Decision Making: Patient Empowerment – February 28, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by MAR, this presentation will address patient empowerment by introducing attendees to consumer shared decision making (SDM) tools, including the historical background of SDM, examples of various types of decision support tools, and their functionality. Learn about free, easy-to-read, health information resources and SDM tools, and tips and techniques for implementing this workflow in your organization.

Using Data to Guide and Evaluate Responses to the Opioid Crisis: Rhode Island’s Drug Overdose Dashboard – March 1, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – The rapidly evolving nature of the nation’s overdose epidemic necessitates the dissemination of timely information to inform effective public health responses. Unfortunately, many overdose surveillance systems suffer from delays in reporting and other logistical challenges. Sponsored by NER, this webinar will provide an overview of Rhode Island’s drug overdose information and surveillance “dashboard.” Participants will learn how the timely analysis and public dissemination of data is being used to guide and evaluate policy and public health response to the overdose crisis in Rhode Island.

Insider’s Guide to Accessing NLM Data: EDirect for PubMed – March 5-22, 2018 – This series of interactive workshops from NLM will introduce new users to the basics of using EDirect to access exactly the PubMed data you need, in the format you need. Over the course of five 90-minute sessions (plus an optional “office hours”), students will learn how to use EDirect commands in a Unix environment to access PubMed, design custom output formats, create basic data pipelines to get data quickly and efficiently, and develop simple strategies for solving real-world PubMed data-gathering challenges. No prior Unix knowledge is required; novice users are welcome!

Cool Creative Communications: Dazzling Data Visualization – March 5-April 8, 2018 – Sponsored by SEA, this asynchronous online class covers concepts of visually representing data and proven tools that are effective in making data understood at a glance. Students will increase their knowledge on data visualization concepts and a variety of data visualization applications.

Improving the Health, Safety and Well-being of LGBT Populations: Part 1 – March 7, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – LGBT individuals face many barriers in accessing healthcare, including discrimination, lack of access, misunderstanding, and fear. Join MAR for this webinar that will help participants gain a better understanding of the health information needs of the LGBT community. This class will examine the benefits of LGBT-focused cultural competency for the health care team, identify electronic, print, and other resources for building quality LGBT collections and reference materials, offer ideas for outreach strategies to the LGBT community, and identify inter-professional opportunities for librarians.

Improving the Health, Safety and Well-being of LGBT Populations: Part 2 – March 14, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by GMR, Part 2 will build upon the March 7 class, including resources, searching tips, and ways to provide a welcoming environment. An additional 1 hour CE is optional for attendees who choose to do homework based on material provided during parts 1 and 2.

Other Items of Interest

Job Posting: Part-Time Reference Associate, Jennie King Mellon Library, Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA. Interested applicants should contact Jill Ausel for more information.

Civic Switchboard Workshop: Calling all librarians interested in supporting civic data in their communities! Civic Switchboard is accepting applications for their first workshop, which will take place before the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP) meeting, on May 8th in Atlanta, GA. Learn more about this opportunity and apply before March 9.

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 Tip 2 – Register for a webinar

Thu, 2018-02-22 07:00

Do you have a great idea for health information outreach? Ready to turn your ideas into a funded project? At the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region, we want you to be successful. It can be daunting to write a grant application, especially if you have never written one before. That’s why we offer training especially geared to potential applicants in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Delaware.

This week’s funding tip – register for one of our webinars.

Middle Atlantic Region funding: Grants and Proposal Writing – March 16, 2017, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – this class presents a general overview of the grant and funding processes as well as the level of detail required in a successful proposal. Each component of the grant writing process will be addressed, including: documenting the need; identifying the target population; writing measurable objectives; developing a work plan, an evaluation plan and dissemination plan.

MAR Funding Office Hours – March 23, 2017, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Do you have questions about the process, about your project, or about potential partners? Drop in at any point during this session to ask MAR Executive Director Kate Flewelling and other MAR staff your funding questions.

Did you miss last week’s funding tip about talking it through? Catch up now!

Stay tuned! MAR funding will be announced the first week of March!

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Social Media Analysis During Disasters

Wed, 2018-02-21 17:29

New from the Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) comes this self-paced course for Disaster Information Specialists! For emergency managers, information specialists, and others responding to large-scale disasters, it is challenging to filter through the volume of noise on social media to identify valid, actionable information. This course will help participants develop and implement a plan to effectively monitor and analyze disaster information on social media.

Social Media Analysis During Disasters is a self-paced course. It fulfills one of the requirements of the Medical Library Association (MLA) Disaster Information Specialization, and  provides three MLA continuing education (CE) credits.

Objectives

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Develop a plan for monitoring social media for disaster information
  • Monitor social media for actionable information during disasters
  • Choose reliable social media sources and use a checklist to verify content
  • Practice techniques to lessen uncertainty and information overload

With further training and practice, you will be ready to:

  • Work as a social media monitor in a fast-paced situation, providing critical assessments and suggestions for decision-makers
  • Build your own credibility and trust within the public safety community as a valuable go-to resource for social media analysis in disasters
  • Be a valuable information resource during disasters

View the Social Media Analysis During Disasters course welcome page to begin the course, or Review other DIMRC courses related to Disaster Health Information and learn how you can earn the MLA Disaster Information Specialist Certificate.

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