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Weekly Postings

Fri, 2020-05-22 08:00

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Spotlight

COVID-19 is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation.
Get the latest public health information from CDC: https://www.coronavirus.gov
Get the latest research information from NIH: https://www.nih.gov/coronavirus

NLM Resource Update: On May 18, the new and improved PubMed replaced the legacy system as the default site. The comprehensive PubMed User Guide is available from the homepage and under the “Help” link on every page in PubMed.

Read the MAReport: This quarter, Tess Wilson and Michael Balkenhol wrote about the Health Programming in Public Libraries Award, which provided funds to community-based organizations to bring programming in their area of expertise into public libraries. Read more about the award in their article, “Bringing Health Programming into Public Libraries.”

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

Salud y Bienestar: Entrenamiento Para Promotors / Health and Wellness: Training for Promoters – Blogadillo, News from SCR

NNLM SEA Welcomes Our 2000th Member, New Freedom Farm! – SEA Currents

In the Region – MARquee News Highlights

Civics 101: Census – NER Update

New on YouTube: Health Programming for Summer Reading & Virtual Engagement, April 7, 2020

NLM/NIH News

Emergency Funding Allows NLM to Expand COVID-19 Research and Services – At NLM, we’ve been working on multiple fronts to improve researchers’ understanding of the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) and the disease it causes (COVID-19). We were fortunate to receive $10 million as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which provides emergency funding for federal agencies to combat the coronavirus outbreak. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Leonidas Berry and the African Methodist Episcopal Church – Dr. Leonidas Berry was born into a strong religious tradition. According to his 1982 autobiography I Wouln’t Take Nothin’ For My Journey: Two Centuries of an Afro-American Minister’s Familyone of the first things his grandfather John Berry did after escaping the Gardner Plantation for the Union Army was join a church choir. His father, Llewleyn Berry, discovered his gift for preaching early in life when he used to practice giving “sermons” to animals at Butler—the family farm in Virginia where Leonidas was raised. While Dr. Berry neglected to follow his preacher father to the pulpit, he was a dedicated member of the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME). Over the course of his life Dr. Berry coordinated many medical outreach and service events through the religious institution. – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

My MedlinePlus: In the latest edition of the My MedlinePlus Newsletter you can learn about living with rheumatoid arthritis, serving and portion sizes, bee pollen, and more! Subscribe to receive My MedlinePlus via email.

Subscribe to the NLM Technical Bulletin for the latest updates on NLM tools you may be using! The current issue announced the full transition to the new and improved PubMed.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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

May 2020

Introduction to Mindfulness: Nourishing Ourselves in These Times – May 27, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – In light of the COVID crisis, this Zoom presentation blends learning, participant sharing and brief practices: straw breathing, gentle stretching, guided meditation, silent sit and gratitude. Emphasis is on strengthening our collective immune system and our responsibility (response+ability) to sharpen self-regulation skills in service to the Greater Good.

Braving the Elements: PubChem Resources to Weather Any Situation – May 27, 3:00-4:00 PM ET –  Join the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR) and Rana Morris, PhD, NCBI Customer Experience team member and Team Lead for Educational Programs, for this webinar, which will provide an overview of PubChem’s key features.

June 2020

From Beyond our Borders: Providing Multilingual and Multicultural Health Information – June 2, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Join the Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SEA) for this one-hour webinar that will provide a basic introduction to foreign-born populations. The presentation will start with some background data about immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. Then, it will briefly touch on concepts related to cultural competence and humility and how to integrate them into your work. Finally, attendees will review the CDC’s Refugee Health Profiles, HHS’s Office of Minority Health, and the National Library of Medicine’s MedlinePlus and HealthReach.

Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library – June 8-July 3, 2020 – This hands-on class sponsored by MidContinental Region (MCR) will cover the health information seeking behavior of consumers and the role of the librarian in the provision of health information for the public.  Come learn about the evolution of consumer health, health literacy and the e-patient. Participants will discuss creative ideas for health information outreach and leave equipped with knowledge of top consumer health sites. The class will wrap up with an opportunity to explore effective marketing approaches and develop an elevator speech.

New England Science Boot Camp for Librarians 2020 – June 11, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM ET – The New England Region (NER) is hosting a free virtual conference for librarians. Topics will probably include, depending on speaker availability: vaccine research & manufacture, virology, making Health Devices in non-industrial settings, IRB and human subjects research in the shifting landscape. More details will be available closer to the event date.

Library responses to COVID-19: Impacts on Ongoing Low-Morale Experiences – June 11, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – As the COVID-19 Pandemic develops and libraries create immediate, short-term, and long-term responses, Kaetrena Davis Kendrick, co-editor of The Small and Rural Academic Library: Leveraging Resources and Overcoming Limitations (ACRL 2016) and author of two annotated bibliographies, has been tracking these responses’ impact on already established low-morale experiences. During this webinar sponsored by the Greater Midwest Region (GMR), Kendrick will summarize the markers and impacts of low-morale experiences, share the latest results of her survey, and answer attendees’ questions about the survey and/or low morale experiences. Countermeasures to workplace abuse and neglect will also be discussed.

Boost Box: Consumer Health Data Literacy – June 11, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Data Literacy includes the ability to read, work with, analyze, and argue with data as a part of a larger questioning process – a critical skill in today’s world. Join the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) and experts from the Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center to explore data literacy concepts, the role of libraries and data literacy, examples of reliable health data resources, and resources for facilitating your own data literacy program. This training is introductory and all skill levels are welcome.

Providing Library Senior Services in a COVID-19 World – June 17, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 8 out of 10 deaths related to COVID-19 are individuals aged 65 years and older. While we might not be able to visit our seniors or facilities in-person for the foreseeable future, libraries can reach this population while we shelter in place. During this webinar sponsored by the Greater Midwest Region (GMR), attendees will learn tips and tricks that David J. Kelsey of the St. Charles (IL) Public Library District (SCPLD) and Glenna Godinsky of the Gail Borden (IL) Public Library District recommend in serving the senior demographic during COVID-19.

From Problem to Prevention: Evidence-Based Public Health – June 24, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Curious about evidence-based public health (EBPH) but not sure where to start? Join the New England Region (NER) for this class, which will explain the basics of evidence-based public health (EBPH) and highlight essentials of the EBPH process such as identifying the problem, forming a question, searching the literature, and evaluating the intervention.  The purpose of this class is to provide an introduction to the world of evidence based public health and to give those already familiar with EBPH useful information that can be applied in their practices.

On-Demand Learning

Looking for self-paced learning opportunities? Check out the classes below that are available to begin at any time! You can also watch recordings from past NNLM classes on a broad range of topics.

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

Other Items of Interest

Job Postings:

Apply TeamSTEPPS Approaches During COVID-19 Treatment to Keep Patients SafeAHRQ Views

On-demand webinars available from the Public Library Association (PLA) – On-demand webinars are archived recordings of previous PLA webinars available 24/7 for viewing at your convenience. Library staff who find themselves with extra time to learn during the COVID-19 crisis have reached out to PLA about educational opportunities. Whenever possible, PLA has provided resources at low or no cost to PLA members and others working in public libraries.

Equal Access for Every Ability – June 2, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – The mission of every public library centers around providing access to information and services to everyone who visits its branches; but increasingly patrons are interacting with libraries through apps, social media, and websites. Is your library’s digital front door as easy to enter as your physical one? Are there virtual obstacles that make your library less inviting to visitors with limited abilities? Sponsored by PLA; $43 for PLA members/ $59 for non-members/ $129 for groups.

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Peer Review: For Reviewers and Authors – June 3, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – This webinar aims to empower health sciences librarians to perform excellent peer reviews and write articles that pass peer review. You will learn about the Journal of the Medical Library Association’s (JMLA’s) peer review process, the importance of peer reviewers to research in our field, and ways to find your strengths as a peer reviewer and an author. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

Critical Appraisal of Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses – June 23, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Systematic reviews and meta-analyses are at the top of evidence pyramids, but not all are high in quality. Learn the steps of critically evaluating these types of review articles and gain tips on teaching critical appraisal in small and large group settings. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

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In the Region

Tue, 2020-05-19 08:00

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

Kelsey Cowles, Jumping into New Year 5 Activities: Although Team MAR’s spring travel plans have been postponed, canceled, or moved to a virtual venue, we have been working full steam ahead on closing out Year 4 of our cooperative agreement, which ended April 30, and jumping right into Year 5. I’m particularly excited about the new Year 5 efforts I’ve been involved in thus far. The NNLM Research Data Management working group will present a reorganized semi-monthly webinar series focused on ethical issues surrounding research data management. A new national webinar series for health sciences librarians will provide concise and practical resource and skills updates. NNLM is also working to expand existing outreach efforts and opportunities for folks interested in bringing citizen science into their library and for students and information professionals interested in learning more about health sciences librarianship as a career path. Stay tuned for more information on these opportunities!

Tess Wilson, Going Virtual: I recently delivered a webinar to Nassau County Library Association that focused on serving seniors in public libraries. The webinar had nearly 100 attendees, all of whom were enthusiastic and excited to participate! Resources shared included Go4Health, MedlinePlus, the CARES Engagement Network, and County Health Rankings. Kelsey Cowles and I are in a Citizen Science Virtual Engagement Working Group where we collaborate with our colleagues at other NNLM offices to encourage citizen science participation throughout the network. The group’s plan is to highlight some of the stellar programming occurring in libraries, and to continue promoting projects from NNLM’s partner SciStarter.

Erin Seger, Highlighting Substance Use Disorder Resources: I am working with NNLM’s Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Working Group to determine what online resources and information on this topic are of greatest interest to the NNLM audience. Thanks to anyone who has taken the time to complete a course evaluation after attending an NNLM training. We value your responses and have been able to use what you told us after SUD focused trainings! In my recent MAReport article, I highlighted some resources that people like to learn about when it comes to SUD that I hope you’ll find helpful if this topic is of interest to you!

Michael Balkenhol, Getting Excited about Year 5 Funding: Over the last few weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to read several proposals for funding from public libraries and community based organizations. I am impressed with how some of our public library and community based organization members are thinking about in-person and virtual events to meet the needs of their communities! I’m looking forward to helping several of these applicants complete their health information literacy projects over the next year. It is a difficult time and I hope you are all doing well and taking care of yourselves as well as your communities.

Kate Flewelling, Announcing a 2020 Mover and Shaker: I’m so happy to share the news that NNLM MAR Community Engagement Coordinator Tess Wilson has been named a 2020 Mover and Shaker by Library Journal! Having worked with her for the past several months, it is perfect that she is awarded as a “Community Builder” and as part of a team. Congrats, Tess!

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Bringing Health Programming into Public Libraries

Mon, 2020-05-18 06:00
Tess Wilson

Tess Wilson

The All of Us Research Program (All of Us) is seeking one million or more people from across the U.S. to help speed up medical research. People who join will share information about their health, habits, and what it’s like where they live. By looking for patterns, researchers will learn more about what affects people’s health. The National Library of Medicine and All of Us have teamed up to improve the public’s access to health information and provide awareness of All of Us to communities that are Underrepresented in Biomedical Research by partnering with libraries across the United States.

Here in the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), we have the privilege of working closely with many public libraries each year. With our support, these institutions promote reliable health information resources through programming and outreach. With every new round of funding, we are astounded at the capability of these dedicated libraries to provide such a wide array of quality programming.

Michael Balkenhol

However, from our own experience as public librarians, we know that a single library’s capacity is finite, as is that of library staff. We understand that adding health information programming to pre-existing responsibilities can be a lot to ask from staff who might need to create entirely new curricula, who likely are not experts in these specific topics, and who certainly have full schedules already!

In an effort to lessen that burden on our library partners and continue to raise awareness of the All of Us Research Program and MedlinePlus, MAR staff designed a new award last year—the Health Programing in Public Libraries Award. Unlike outreach awards in previous years, this one was aimed specifically at community-based organizations with a public health focus. With NNLM funds, these organizations could bring their already-established quality health programming to public libraries in their area of expertise. This way, we could simultaneously bring new health programs into public libraries, support community-based organizations, and continue to raise awareness of All of Us in public libraries. We funded ten such projects last year, and have highlighted three of them in this article:

 Eat, Move, and Live in Balance

Credit: https://beautifitstrong.com/our-story/

BeautiFitStrong: Eat, Move & Live in Balance

Eat, Move & Live in Balance is an extension of the Wellness for Everybody initiative. The goal of the program is to address the need for nutritional education and fitness engagement to help decrease the health disparities in the African American community. As part of this project, Audra Anusionwu led a series of fitness and healthy eating programs at several locations of the Free Library of Philadelphia. Learn more about BeautiFitStrong on their website and social media.

Black Girl Health College Ambassador Program: Mental Health Awareness Campaign Black Girl Health Foundation Inc

Credit: https://blackgirlhealthfoundation.org/

The Health College Ambassador Program stems from NIH findings that demonstrate the success of community ambassadorial projects. This uses MedlinePlus and NIH’s All of Us Research Program as platforms to educate the community about mental health awareness and prevention. These ambassadors worked closely with two public libraries in the Dauphin County Library System in the Greater Harrisburg Area of Pennsylvania to engage with a target population of African American women from ages 18-49. Learn more about Black Girl Health on their website and social media.

Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center: Promoting Cervical Pap Tests for LGBT Community Members in Pennsylvania through Public Library Outreach Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center, serving the LGBT community of the greater lehigh valley

Credit: https://www.bradburysullivancenter.org/

LGBT community members who were assigned female at birth are significantly less likely to be up to date with cervical Pap tests, as compared to the national average (2018 Pennsylvania LGBT Health Needs Assessment). Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center partnered with public libraries in the Greater Lehigh Valley Area in Pennsylvania to promote their transgender-inclusive campaign: “If You’ve Got It, Pap It!” Through these workshops and informational sessions, staff promoted cervical Pap tests to community members who need them. Learn more about Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center on their website and social media. (And look forward to a future post from Bradbury-Sullivan’s staff!)

Want to learn more about raising awareness of All of Us or hosting health programs in your library? Michael Balkenhol can be reached at mab602@pitt.edu and Tess Wilson can be reached at tesswilson@pitt.edu.

Thanks!
Tess and Michael

Written by Tess Wilson, Community Engagement Coordinator, and Michael Balkenhol, Health Programming Coordinator, for the Spring 2020 edition of The MAReport quarterly newsletter.

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Weekly Postings

Fri, 2020-05-15 06:00

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

Spotlight

COVID-19 is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation.
Get the latest public health information from CDC: https://www.coronavirus.gov
Get the latest research information from NIH: https://www.nih.gov/coronavirus

Read the MAReport: This quarter, Erin Seger wrote about freely available resources on substance use disorder in her article, “Substance Use Disorder Resources.”

Support Older Adults in Self Isolation with My MedlinePlus: In the latest edition of the My MedlinePlus Newsletter you can learn about how to better support older adults who are self isolating alone, including helping them to connect virtually, suggesting they take breaks from news stories, and encouraging them to stay healthy. Subscribe to receive My MedlinePlus via email.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

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

Consumer Health Minute: Mental Health During a Pandemic – The Dragonfly, News from the Northwest and Beyond, by PNR

Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor: Accessible Recreation and Physical Activity – NER Update

New on YouTube: Health Programming for Summer Reading & Virtual Engagement, April 7, 2020

NLM/NIH News

The New and Improved PubMed is Here! – Since our last blog post, our coders have been hard at work preparing for the full transition to the new and improved PubMed. The latest features have been added, and beginning May 18, you can experience the new PubMed too! – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Nightingale: Lady and Legend – Some people seem not quite real.  Not in the sense that they are imaginary, fictional beings; they existed, and they touched and changed their world and ours. But it is difficult to think of them as plain, walking-around human beings. Their attitudes and accomplishments just seem to be beyond any quotidian matters. George Washington was such a person. Abraham Lincoln was another. And Florence Nightingale, whose 200th birthday is on May 12th, certainly fits in this category as well. – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

COVID-19 Brings Health Disparities Research to the Forefront – The coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has brought into sharp focus many of the troubling things that we already knew about health disparities in the United States but have failed to address. With the bright light now shining on this important issue, it is time to talk about the role research can play in reducing the disproportionate burden of COVID-19, as well as improving the health of all people in our great nation.  – NIH Director’s Blog

Subscribe to the NLM Technical Bulletin for the latest updates on NLM tools you may be using! The current issue shared that the 2020AA release of the Unified Medical Language System® (UMLS) Knowledge Sources is available for download.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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

May 2020

Making Sense of Numbers: Understanding Risks and Benefits – May 19, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – This class is a basic introduction for anyone who wants to understand how to communicate health information that involves numeracy. The purpose of this class is to understand risk and benefits from a layman’s perspective and to understand that the communication of numbers must be clear and easy to understand. In this 1.5 hour class sponsored by the Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SEA), participants will also be introduced to several NLM and NIH tools that will help in the development of educational materials.

How PubMed Work: An Introduction – May 21, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Learn about what PubMed is and what’s included in it. Attendees will explore how to find the original research that is the basis for a news article and we’ll spend time searching for articles by a specific author and searching on a specific subject. Attendees will also do exercises to narrow results to a more specific set of results and, lastly, explore the Advanced Search Builder and search history. This class is part of the How PubMed Works series sponsored by our National Training Office (NTO).

Introduction to Mindfulness: Nourishing Ourselves in These Times – May 27, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – In light of the COVID crisis, this Zoom presentation blends learning, participant sharing and brief practices: straw breathing, gentle stretching, guided meditation, silent sit and gratitude. Emphasis is on strengthening our collective immune system and our responsibility (response+ability) to sharpen self-regulation skills in service to the Greater Good.

Braving the Elements: PubChem Resources to Weather Any Situation – May 27, 3:00-4:00 PM ET –  Join the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR) and Rana Morris, PhD, NCBI Customer Experience team member and Team Lead for Educational Programs, for this webinar, which will provide an overview of PubChem’s key features.

How PubMed Work: ATM – May 28, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Attend this webinar to learn how PubMed uses Automatic Term Mapping (ATM) to map your keyword searches to the controlled vocabulary of the MeSH database. Learn how ATM lets you search PubMed effectively with keywords. Attendees will also look at the automatic explosion feature, what is and isn’t included in Search Details. Attendees will explore ways to search by author name and how to search for phrases in PubMed. This class is part of the How PubMed Works series sponsored by our National Training Office (NTO).

June 2020

From Beyond our Borders: Providing Multilingual and Multicultural Health Information – June 2, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Join the Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SEA) for this one-hour webinar that will provide a basic introduction to foreign-born populations. The presentation will start with some background data about immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. Then, it will briefly touch on concepts related to cultural competence and humility and how to integrate them into your work. Finally, attendees will review the CDC’s Refugee Health Profiles, HHS’s Office of Minority Health, and the National Library of Medicine’s MedlinePlus and HealthReach.

Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library – June 8-July 3, 2020 – This hands-on class sponsored by MidContinental Region (MCR) will cover the health information seeking behavior of consumers and the role of the librarian in the provision of health information for the public.  Come learn about the evolution of consumer health, health literacy and the e-patient. Participants will discuss creative ideas for health information outreach and leave equipped with knowledge of top consumer health sites. The class will wrap up with an opportunity to explore effective marketing approaches and develop an elevator speech.

New England Science Boot Camp for Librarians 2020 – June 11, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM ET – The New England Region (NER) is hosting a free virtual conference for librarians. Topics will probably include, depending on speaker availability: vaccine research & manufacture, virology, making Health Devices in non-industrial settings, IRB and human subjects research in the shifting landscape. More details will be available closer to the event date.

Boost Box: Consumer Health Data Literacy – June 11, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Data Literacy includes the ability to read, work with, analyze, and argue with data as a part of a larger questioning process – a critical skill in today’s world. Join the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) and experts from the Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center to explore data literacy concepts, the role of libraries and data literacy, examples of reliable health data resources, and resources for facilitating your own data literacy program. This training is introductory and all skill levels are welcome.

From Problem to Prevention: Evidence-Based Public Health – June 24, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Curious about evidence-based public health (EBPH) but not sure where to start? Join the New England Region (NER) for this class, which will explain the basics of evidence-based public health (EBPH) and highlight essentials of the EBPH process such as identifying the problem, forming a question, searching the literature, and evaluating the intervention.  The purpose of this class is to provide an introduction to the world of evidence based public health and to give those already familiar with EBPH useful information that can be applied in their practices.

On-Demand Learning

Looking for self-paced learning opportunities? Check out the classes below that are available to begin at any time! You can also watch recordings from past NNLM classes on a broad range of topics.

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

Other Items of Interest

Job Postings:

On-demand webinars available from the Public Library Association (PLA) – On-demand webinars are archived recordings of previous PLA webinars available 24/7 for viewing at your convenience. Library staff who find themselves with extra time to learn during the COVID-19 crisis have reached out to PLA about educational opportunities. Whenever possible, PLA has provided resources at low or no cost to PLA members and others working in public libraries.

Drawn to Graphic Medicine: Bringing Comics into Medical Librarianship – May 20, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Graphic medicine, the intersection of health care and comics, has emerged over the last ten years as a growing field in the health sciences, particularly in relation to health humanities and education. Librarians can play a vital role in supporting graphic medicine by collecting and distributing graphic medicine materials and including graphic medicine in their work or instruction efforts. In this webinar, presenters will discuss where graphic medicine came from and why it is valuable, how you can start collecting graphic medicine at your library, and how you can integrate it into your work in the library. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

Equal Access for Every Ability – June 2, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – The mission of every public library centers around providing access to information and services to everyone who visits its branches; but increasingly patrons are interacting with libraries through apps, social media, and websites. Is your library’s digital front door as easy to enter as your physical one? Are there virtual obstacles that make your library less inviting to visitors with limited abilities? Sponsored by PLA; $43 for PLA members/ $59 for non-members/ $129 for groups.

Critical Appraisal of Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses – June 23, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Systematic reviews and meta-analyses are at the top of evidence pyramids, but not all are high in quality. Learn the steps of critically evaluating these types of review articles and gain tips on teaching critical appraisal in small and large group settings. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

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Substance Use Disorder Resources

Mon, 2020-05-11 08:00
Erin Seger

Erin Seger

As a member of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine’s (NNLM) Substance Use Disorder Working Group, I have been looking through some freely available resources available on this topic. As always, MedlinePlus has trustworthy resources for the public. MedlinePlus’ list of topic pages on Substance Abuse Problems offers a comprehensive list of topics ranging from alcohol to vaping. One resource commonly linked on these topic pages is the NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). To advance their mission, NIDA supports research on drug abuse and ensures effective translation, implementation and dissemination of research findings. Their website contains information and research about commonly used drugs, prevention, and treatment. There is a great deal of information available here, which is why NIDA’s Easy to Read Drug Facts page may be of great use for those who educate the community.

In addition to the research information available from NIDA, you can search for journal articles on substance use disorder using PubMed. If you like to search using MeSH, you may be interested in the term Substance-Related Disorders. In addition, there are preformulated PubMed searches related to opioid addiction on the NLM page, Opioid Addiction and Treatment. For those interested in the nation’s progress toward the Healthy People 2020 substance abuse objectives, head over to NLM’s resource for Public Health Professionals, PHPartners and select structured evidence queries. Here, you’ll find pre-formulated PubMed search strategies to locate published literature related to Healthy People 2020, including substance use objectives such as reducing drug-induced deaths and increasing the proportion of adolescents never using substances.

If you’re interested in more information, NNLM often hosts trainings related to substance use disorder. On the NNLM YouTube channel, you’ll find a substance use playlist where you can watch recorded NNLM webinars on this topic. You can also visit the NNLM training calendar to search for upcoming substance use related trainings or subscribe to NNLM MAR’s Weekly Postings to get a list of upcoming trainings delivered straight to your inbox.

In the last year, NNLM MAR funded two projects related to substance use. Confronting the Opioid Crisis: A School-based Education Outreach Program trained high school students about the dangers of opioid misuse and taught them how to search for reliable information on substance use disorder using MedlinePlus. Training Addiction-Related Inpatient Treatment Centers on Promising Practices for LGBT Care trained healthcare providers and staff at inpatient treatment centers on the concepts of gender identity, sexual orientation, health disparities, and promising practices in LGBT care. The training also linked participants with MedlinePlus as a tool to locate LGBT health information.

If this is a topic you work closely with, stay tuned! We hope to continue to bring you resources and training related to substance use disorder.

Written by Erin Seger, Health Professions Coordinator, for the Spring 2020 edition of The MAReport quarterly newsletter.

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Weekly Postings

Fri, 2020-05-08 06:00

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Spotlight

COVID-19 is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation.
Get the latest public health information from CDC: https://www.coronavirus.gov
Get the latest research information from NIH: https://www.nih.gov/coronavirus

Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month: May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, and the Office of Minority Health (OMH) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) celebrates the cultural contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Visit the AAPI Heritage Month webpage for downloadable materials and health resources.

Understanding Vitamin D with My MedlinePlus: In the latest edition of the My MedlinePlus Newsletter you can learn about vitamin D deficiency, nasal swab tests, neuropathy, and more! Subscribe to receive My MedlinePlus via email.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

May & June CE Opportunities for CHES – MARquee News Highlights

Puerto Rico Hit by 5.4 Magnitude Earthquake – SEA Currents

WFH? NNLM Offers a Variety of Excellent Educational Opportunities – NER Update

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

New on YouTube: Health Programming for Summer Reading & Virtual Engagement, April 7, 2020

NLM/NIH News

Celebrating National Nurses Day: Compassion. Expertise. Trust. – I salute my nurse colleagues who work tirelessly to provide compassionate, expert health care to patients with a wide array of health challenges, and I affirm that NLM stands with you. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Relics of the Infectious Past: Disease Warning Sign Collection – The history of public health cannot be understood without artifacts such as those pictured here – the handbills, forms, public notices, signs, educational circulars, and pamphlets that document and in part constitute the street-level history of public health. They are relics of the infectious-disease prevention campaigns of late-nineteenth- and twentieth-century state and local public health agencies as they sought to isolate the sick, encourage physicians to report cases, and educate ordinary men and women. – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

Study Finds Nearly Everyone Who Recovers From COVID-19 Makes Coronavirus Antibodies – There’s been a lot of excitement about the potential of antibody-based blood tests, also known as serology tests, to help contain the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. There’s also an awareness that more research is needed to determine when—or even if—people infected with SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, produce antibodies that may protect them from re-infection. – NIH Director’s Blog

NIH News in Health: The May 2020 issue is now available, featuring, “Caring for Concussions: More Than a Bump on the Head,” and, “The Risks of Vaping: A Look at Safety.” Other topics include staying connected to fight loneliness, Alzheimer’s disease, and what people with cancer should know about Coronavirus.

Subscribe to the NLM Technical Bulletin for the latest updates on NLM tools you may be using! The current issue shared that the 2020AA release of the Unified Medical Language System® (UMLS) Knowledge Sources is available for download.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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

May 2020

How PubMed Work: An Introduction – May 11, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Learn about what PubMed is and what’s included in it. Attendees will explore how to find the original research that is the basis for a news article and we’ll spend time searching for articles by a specific author and searching on a specific subject. Attendees will also do exercises to narrow results to a more specific set of results and, lastly, explore the Advanced Search Builder and search history. This class is part of the How PubMed Works series sponsored by our National Training Office (NTO).

I am…Safe Zones: Sticks and Stones LGBTQA 101 – May 13, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – What better ways to learn about sexual identities than to list out social norms, stereotypes, media images, rumors, jokes, and slang! Sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR), this is a safe space for any and all kinds of interactive discussions regarding Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Heterosexual identities.

Virtual Programs for Preschoolers: How to Encourage Wellness, Movement & Creativity – May 14, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Are you interested in virtual storytimes, dance parties, and other wellness activities for ages 0-6? In this webinar sponsored by the Greater Midwest Region (GMR), attendees will be given tips & tricks for presenting digitally, partnering with community organizations, and igniting kid’s imagination with wellness-themed programs.

Making Sense of Numbers: Understanding Risks and Benefits – May 19, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – This class is a basic introduction for anyone who wants to understand how to communicate health information that involves numeracy. The purpose of this class is to understand risk and benefits from a layman’s perspective and to understand that the communication of numbers must be clear and easy to understand. In this 1.5 hour class sponsored by the Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SEA), participants will also be introduced to several NLM and NIH tools that will help in the development of educational materials.

How PubMed Work: An Introduction – May 21, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Learn about what PubMed is and what’s included in it. Attendees will explore how to find the original research that is the basis for a news article and we’ll spend time searching for articles by a specific author and searching on a specific subject. Attendees will also do exercises to narrow results to a more specific set of results and, lastly, explore the Advanced Search Builder and search history. This class is part of the How PubMed Works series sponsored by our National Training Office (NTO).

Introduction to Mindfulness: Nourishing Ourselves in These Times – May 27, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – In light of the COVID crisis, this Zoom presentation blends learning, participant sharing and brief practices: straw breathing, gentle stretching, guided meditation, silent sit and gratitude. Emphasis is on strengthening our collective immune system and our responsibility (response+ability) to sharpen self-regulation skills in service to the Greater Good.

Braving the Elements: PubChem Resources to Weather Any Situation – May 27, 3:00-4:00 PM ET –  Join the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR) and Rana Morris, PhD, NCBI Customer Experience team member and Team Lead for Educational Programs, for this webinar, which will provide an overview of PubChem’s key features.

How PubMed Work: ATM – May 28, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Attend this webinar to learn how PubMed uses Automatic Term Mapping (ATM) to map your keyword searches to the controlled vocabulary of the MeSH database. Learn how ATM lets you search PubMed effectively with keywords. Attendees will also look at the automatic explosion feature, what is and isn’t included in Search Details. Attendees will explore ways to search by author name and how to search for phrases in PubMed. This class is part of the How PubMed Works series sponsored by our National Training Office (NTO).

June 2020

From Beyond our Borders: Providing Multilingual and Multicultural Health Information – June 2, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Join the Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SEA) for this one-hour webinar that will provide a basic introduction to foreign-born populations. The presentation will start with some background data about immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. Then, it will briefly touch on concepts related to cultural competence and humility and how to integrate them into your work. Finally, attendees will review the CDC’s Refugee Health Profiles, HHS’s Office of Minority Health, and the National Library of Medicine’s MedlinePlus and HealthReach.

New England Science Boot Camp for Librarians 2020 – June 11, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM ET – The New England Region (NER) is hosting a free virtual conference for librarians. Topics will probably include, depending on speaker availability: vaccine research & manufacture, virology, making Health Devices in non-industrial settings, IRB and human subjects research in the shifting landscape. More details will be available closer to the event date.

From Problem to Prevention: Evidence-Based Public Health – June 24, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Curious about evidence-based public health (EBPH) but not sure where to start? Join the New England Region (NER) for this class, which will explain the basics of evidence-based public health (EBPH) and highlight essentials of the EBPH process such as identifying the problem, forming a question, searching the literature, and evaluating the intervention.  The purpose of this class is to provide an introduction to the world of evidence based public health and to give those already familiar with EBPH useful information that can be applied in their practices.

On-Demand Learning

Looking for self-paced learning opportunities? Check out the classes below that are available to begin at any time! You can also watch recordings from past NNLM classes on a broad range of topics.

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

Other Items of Interest

Job Postings:

On-demand webinars available from the Public Library Association (PLA) – On-demand webinars are archived recordings of previous PLA webinars available 24/7 for viewing at your convenience. Library staff who find themselves with extra time to learn during the COVID-19 crisis have reached out to PLA about educational opportunities. Whenever possible, PLA has provided resources at low or no cost to PLA members and others working in public libraries.

COVID-19 Conversation: Critical Appraisal of COVID-19 Research – May 12, 1:00-1:30 PM ET – Join the Medical Library Association (MLA) for the last of eight free, live, online conversations! Methods and best practices for critical appraisal are well established, but the rapid pace of publication during the COVID-19 pandemic is throwing the rule book out the window. Or is it? Join leaders from the Critical Appraisal Institute for Librarians (CAIFL) for ideas, tips, and discussion on critically appraising the literature in the era of COVID-19.

Drawn to Graphic Medicine: Bringing Comics into Medical Librarianship – May 20, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Graphic medicine, the intersection of health care and comics, has emerged over the last ten years as a growing field in the health sciences, particularly in relation to health humanities and education. Librarians can play a vital role in supporting graphic medicine by collecting and distributing graphic medicine materials and including graphic medicine in their work or instruction efforts. In this webinar, presenters will discuss where graphic medicine came from and why it is valuable, how you can start collecting graphic medicine at your library, and how you can integrate it into your work in the library. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

Critical Appraisal of Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses – June 23, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Systematic reviews and meta-analyses are at the top of evidence pyramids, but not all are high in quality. Learn the steps of critically evaluating these types of review articles and gain tips on teaching critical appraisal in small and large group settings. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

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May & June CE Opportunities for CHES

Mon, 2020-05-04 11:24
Upcoming CHES Eligible Webinars

Join us in June! Select the hyperlink in each course title to register on the NNLM website for these free, live webinars.

From Beyond our Borders: Providing Multilingual and Multicultural Health Information (one-hour version) – June 2, 2020, 2:00-3:00 PM EST – This class is designed to assist librarians and others who work with diverse populations in locating health information. The resources presented are selected for their emphasis on providing culturally relevant information in the preferred language of the population. Background information on refugees and immigrants in the U.S. and their unique health issues will be presented. Participants will have the opportunity to become familiar with the features and scope of several Internet resources.

CECH: 1
Advanced CECH: 0

Objectives:

By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the current landscape of refugees, immigrants, and migrant and seasonal farmworkers in the United States
  2. Explain the difference between cultural competence and humility and how they influence workplace environments
  3. Identify reliable websites that provide quality health information in multiple languages

From Problem to Prevention: Evidence-Based Public Health – June 24, 2020, 2:00-3:00 PM EST – Curious about evidence-based public health (EBPH) but not sure where to start? This class will explain the basics of evidence-based public health (EBPH) and highlight essentials of the EBPH process such as identifying the problem, forming a question, searching the literature, and evaluating the intervention. The purpose of this class is to provide an introduction to the world of evidence based public health and to give those already familiar with EBPH useful information that can be applied in their practices.

CECH: 1
Advanced CECH: 0

Objectives:

By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  1. Define and describe evidence-based public health
  2. Identify a public health need and formulate an answerable question
  3. Locate and search applicable literature and resources
On-demand CHES Eligible Courses

Learn on your own time! Select the hyperlink in each course title to register on the NNLM website for these free, on-demand courses.

Online Resources to Support Evidence-Based Practice on Population Health: An Introduction to MedlinePlus, PubMed, and HSRProj – The course is designed to teach public health professionals and librarians to use MedlinePlus, PubMed, and HSRProj to find reliable health information and data related to population health and Healthy People 2020. This asynchronous course is offered through Moodle using Storyline Articulate software. Please note that the content in the course is for basic/beginner users of MedlinePlus, PubMed, and HSRProj.

CECH: 1
Advanced CECH: 0

Objectives:

By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss population health and its relation to Healthy People 2020
  2. Describe the purpose of MedlinePlus, PubMed, and HSRProj databases
  3. Identify when to use each database based on the information need
  4. Perform advanced searching techniques to identify more accurate results

Serving Diverse Communities: Accessing Health Information in Multiple Languages -This online, asynchronous course is designed to provide attendees with some basic statistics on individuals with limited English proficiency in the United States and demonstrate how to use resources from the National Library of Medicine to access reliable health information in multiple languages. Attendees will learn about data from the American Community Survey and U.S. Census Bureau, and then receive demonstrations on how to access reliable health information in multiple languages through the National Library of Medicine’s HealthReach and MedlinePlus databases.

CECH: 1
Advanced CECH: 0

Objectives:

By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the current population of non-native English speakers in the United States
  2. Identify at least three online resources for accessing health information in multiple languages
  3. Analyze resources to access reliable health information in multiple languages

Serving Diverse Communities: Building Cultural Competence and Humility into the Workplace – This online, asynchronous course is designed to provide attendees with an introduction to the concepts of culture, cultural competence, and cultural humility. Participants will learn about some of the current critiques to using cultural competence principles and how cultural humility can be supplemented to create a more accepting, welcoming, and reflective working environment. Short demos of Think Cultural Health, PubMed, and Project Implicit are included to showcase three external resources that can be used to further explore this topic.

CECH: 1
Advanced CECH: 0

Objectives:

By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  1. Define culture, cultural competence, and cultural humility;
  2. Describe the differences between cultural competence and humility; and
  3. Utilize three online resources to help build a more culturally competent and humble workplace.

Serving Diverse Communities: Finding Data on Health Disparities– This course is designed to introduce attendees to health disparities and how the social determinants of health contribute to an inequity in health. Participants will be shown demonstrations on how to utilize tools from the National Library of Medicine, the Office of Minority Health, and HealthyPeople.gov to locate data on health disparities.

CECH: 1
Advanced CECH: 0

Objectives:

By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss health disparities in public health
  2. Identify at least three online resources for accessing health disparity data
  3. Analyze resources to access data on health disparities
Recorded Webinars Available for CHES CECH

Did you miss a live class? Three recorded webinars from February and March are now available for CHES CECH. Select the hyperlink in each course title to register on the NNLM website for these free, recorded webinars.

What Works for Health? Using County Health Rankings and Roadmaps in Grant WritingRecording available for CHES CECH until 8/19/2020 – This session will provide an overview of What Works for Health, a resource from County Health Rankings and Roadmaps (CHRR), a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. What Works for Health rates the evidence of a broad range of strategies (i.e., policies, programs, systems & environmental changes) that can affect health through changes to: health behaviors; clinical care; social and environmental factors; and the physical environment. Our Guest speaker from the National Network of Public Health Institutes, Toni Lewis will discuss how those preparing funding applications can use What Works for Health when writing their evidence of need. NNLM MAR Health Professions Coordinator, Erin Seger will also provide examples of past funded NNLM projects that align with strategies Toni highlights. The audience will learn a practical way to use countyhealthrankings.org as it relates to applying for NNLM funding or other funding opportunities.

CECH: 1
Advanced CECH: 1

Objectives:

By the end of the session, participants will:

  1. Describe how to use What Works for Health when writing a grant proposal
  2. Define the evidence ratings in County Health Rankings What Works for Health
  3. Describe at least three examples of past NNLM-funded projects that relate to the evidence categories in What Works for Health

From Problem to Prevention: Evidence-Based Public Health Recording available for CHES CECH until 8/26/2020 – Curious about evidence-based public health (EBPH) but not sure where to start? This class will explain the basics of evidence-based public health (EBPH) and highlight essentials of the EBPH process such as identifying the problem, forming a question, searching the literature, and evaluating the intervention. The purpose of this class is to provide an introduction to the world of evidence based public health and to give those already familiar with EBPH useful information that can be applied in their practices.

CECH: 1
Advanced CECH: 0

Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  1. Define and describe evidence-based public health
  2. Identify a public health need and formulate an answerable question
  3. Locate and search applicable literature and resources

Health Statistics on the Web – Recording available for CHES CECH until 9/5/2020 – This course focuses on the location, selection, and effective use of statistics relevant to health on the local, state, national, and international levels. The importance and relevance of health statistics in various contexts will be discussed. Participants will have the opportunity to become familiar with the features and scope of several statistics Internet resources through the use of numerous exercises.

CECH: 1
Advanced CECH: 0

Objectives:

At the conclusion of the class, participants will:

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

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

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

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

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Weekly Postings

Fri, 2020-05-01 06:00

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

Spotlight

COVID-19 is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation.
Get the latest public health information from CDC: https://www.coronavirus.gov
Get the latest research information from NIH: https://www.nih.gov/coronavirus

Read the MAReport: This quarter, Kelsey Cowles and Tess Wilson wrote about MisinfoCon 7.0 in their article, “Attending MisinfoCon 7.0: A Summit on Misinformation in Health Communication.” The article highlights the origins of the event and their top 10 takeways from attending.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

Stephen Sherry, PhD, Named Acting Director of NLM’s National Center for Biotechnology Information – Latitudes, the Newsletter from PSR

Victory 3D Printing for Health Care Personnel – SEA Currents

Citizen Science & Alzheimer’s Disease – The Dragonfly, News from the Northwest and Beyond, by PNR

ICYMI: 2020 ONC Annual Meeting on Bringing the EHR to the Patient – NER Update

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

New on YouTube: Health Programming for Summer Reading & Virtual Engagement, April 7, 2020

NLM/NIH News

Virtual Learning Resources for Scientists at All Career Stages and of All Ages – During this unprecedented time in our lives, we know that many of you are trying to teach or learn from home. To help meet your biomedical research training and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education needs, I invite you to explore some of the virtual education and training resources supported by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) at the National Institutes of Health. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

NLM Exhibitions and Epidemics – The Exhibition Program has produced three exhibitions about the history of epidemics: the yellow fever epidemic of 1793, the 1964 rubella epidemic, and the AIDS epidemic during the 1980s. While I still find the topic of epidemics to be grim, there are aspects of these exhibitions that continue to resonate with me. – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

Rising to the COVID-19 Challenge: Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) – Step into any major medical center, and you will see the amazing power of technology at work. From X-rays to functional MRIs, blood typing to DNA sequencing, heart-lung machines to robotic surgery, the progress that biomedical technology has made over the past century or so stands as a testament to human ingenuity—and its ability to rise to the all-important challenge of saving lives and improving health. – NIH Director’s Blog

NLM Resource Update: The new PubMed will become the default site on or after May 18, 2020. A new, yellow banner has been added to legacy PubMed to notify users of the timing.

My MedlinePlus: In the latest edition of the My MedlinePlus Newsletter you can learn about lowering your blood pressure, using cleaning and disinfecting products safely, and explore over 100 healthy recipes!

Subscribe to the NLM Technical Bulletin for the latest updates on NLM tools you may be using! The current issue shared that more MeSH supplementary concept records for COVID-19 were added in April.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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

April 2020

Getting Started with Information Outreach in Your Community – April 30, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – This class will provide a background in cultural competence and outreach skills as librarians make outreach efforts to underserved, underrepresented minority populations in their community. Join the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) for this class to learn more about the following topics: locating community demographics, the importance of developing relationships, the basics of building and developing community-based partnerships, recognition and acceptance of cultural differences, and the importance of cultural competency. Some basic concepts of program planning and evaluation within a culturally diverse environment will be covered as well.

May 2020

Building Resilient Communities Online and In Person – May 1, 12:00-1:30 PM ET – In this webinar sponsored by the Greater Midwest Region (GMR), examine your library partnerships and community assets and learn how to empower your staff, your patrons and your community, online and in person, with tried and true tools that you can use to build a more resilient community. In this time of crisis, take an hour to pause, breathe, listen, participate and reflect along with staff at the Gail Borden Public Library District in Elgin, Illinois, an IMLS National Medal recipient.

Exploring Data Literacy Needs at Your Institution – May 6, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SEA), this webinar will discuss how data literacy initiatives can be integrated into different institutions. Join Theresa Burress and Emily Mann, Science Librarian and Student Success Librarian at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, respectively, as they discuss some of the successes and challenges they experienced as they co-led a faculty learning community at their institution to start a campus conversation about data literacy.

How PubMed Work: An Introduction – May 11, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Learn about what PubMed is and what’s included in it. Attendees will explore how to find the original research that is the basis for a news article and we’ll spend time searching for articles by a specific author and searching on a specific subject. Attendees will also do exercises to narrow results to a more specific set of results and, lastly, explore the Advanced Search Builder and search history. This class is part of the How PubMed Works series sponsored by our National Training Office (NTO).

I am…Safe Zones: Sticks and Stones LGBTQA 101 – May 13, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – What better ways to learn about sexual identities than to list out social norms, stereotypes, media images, rumors, jokes, and slang! Sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR), this is a safe space for any and all kinds of interactive discussions regarding Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Heterosexual identities.

Virtual Programs for Preschoolers: How to Encourage Wellness, Movement & Creativity – May 14, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Are you interested in virtual storytimes, dance parties, and other wellness activities for ages 0-6? In this webinar sponsored by the Greater Midwest Region (GMR), attendees will be given tips & tricks for presenting digitally, partnering with community organizations, and igniting kid’s imagination with wellness-themed programs.

Making Sense of Numbers: Understanding Risks and Benefits – May 19, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – This class is a basic introduction for anyone who wants to understand how to communicate health information that involves numeracy. The purpose of this class is to understand risk and benefits from a layman’s perspective and to understand that the communication of numbers must be clear and easy to understand. In this 1.5 hour class sponsored by the Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SEA), participants will also be introduced to several NLM and NIH tools that will help in the development of educational materials.

How PubMed Work: An Introduction – May 21, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Learn about what PubMed is and what’s included in it. Attendees will explore how to find the original research that is the basis for a news article and we’ll spend time searching for articles by a specific author and searching on a specific subject. Attendees will also do exercises to narrow results to a more specific set of results and, lastly, explore the Advanced Search Builder and search history. This class is part of the How PubMed Works series sponsored by our National Training Office (NTO).

Braving the Elements: PubChem Resources to Weather Any Situation – May 27, 3:00-4:00 PM ET –  Join the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR) and Rana Morris, PhD, NCBI Customer Experience team member and Team Lead for Educational Programs, for this webinar, which will provide an overview of PubChem’s key features.

How PubMed Work: ATM – May 28, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Attend this webinar to learn how PubMed uses Automatic Term Mapping (ATM) to map your keyword searches to the controlled vocabulary of the MeSH database. Learn how ATM lets you search PubMed effectively with keywords. Attendees will also look at the automatic explosion feature, what is and isn’t included in Search Details. Attendees will explore ways to search by author name and how to search for phrases in PubMed. This class is part of the How PubMed Works series sponsored by our National Training Office (NTO).

June 2020

From Beyond our Borders: Providing Multilingual and Multicultural Health Information – June 2, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Join the Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SEA) for this one-hour webinar that will provide a basic introduction to foreign-born populations. The presentation will start with some background data about immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. Then, it will briefly touch on concepts related to cultural competence and humility and how to integrate them into your work. Finally, attendees will review the CDC’s Refugee Health Profiles, HHS’s Office of Minority Health, and the National Library of Medicine’s MedlinePlus and HealthReach.

New England Science Boot Camp for Librarians 2020 – June 11, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM ET – The New England Region (NER) is hosting a free virtual conference for librarians. Topics will probably include, depending on speaker availability: vaccine research & manufacture, virology, making Health Devices in non-industrial settings, IRB and human subjects research in the shifting landscape. More details will be available closer to the event date.

On-Demand Learning

Looking for self-paced learning opportunities? Check out the classes below that are available to begin at any time! You can also watch recordings from past NNLM classes on a broad range of topics.

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

Other Items of Interest

Job Postings:

On-demand webinars available from the Public Library Association (PLA) – On-demand webinars are archived recordings of previous PLA webinars available 24/7 for viewing at your convenience. Library staff who find themselves with extra time to learn during the COVID-19 crisis have reached out to PLA about educational opportunities. Whenever possible, PLA has provided resources at low or no cost to PLA members and others working in public libraries.

Coping and Caring in the Time of COVID-19 – Join the Medical Library Association for this series of free, live, online conversations! These weekly conversations for MLA members and the wider health information professional community are designed to help you address professional and personal pain points related to the current crisis. You can also share ideas for topics and presenters, or volunteer to present.

  • Supporting Oral Health in the Time of COVID-19 – May 5, 1:00-1:30 PM ET – Dental Caucus leadership members Amanda Nevius, Hirsh Health Sciences Library, Tufts University, Boston, MA; Nicole Theis-Mahon, AHIP, Health Sciences Libraries University of Minnesota–Minneapolis; and Nena Schvaneveldt, AHIP, Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, University of Utah–Salt Lake City.
  • Critical Appraisal of COVID-19 Research – May 12, 1:00-1:30 PM ET – Marie Ascher, Health Sciences Library, New York Medical College–Valhalla; Abraham Wheeler, AHIP, MSU Libraries, Michigan State University–East Lansing; Rachel Pinotti, AHIP, Levy Library, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY; and Amy Blevins, Ruth Lilly Medical Library, Indiana University School of Medicine–Indianapolis.

Overview of COVID-19 and CDC’s Response to the Pandemic with a Highlight of Federal COVID-19 Resources – May 5, 2:00-3:00 PM ET -This webinar will provide an overview of COVID-19 and the CDC’s public health emergency response. In addition, a highlight of Federal resources available on COVID-19 will be presented with emphasis on those resources that might be relevant to libraries and researchers. This webinar is free to attend.

Drawn to Graphic Medicine: Bringing Comics into Medical Librarianship – May 20, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Graphic medicine, the intersection of health care and comics, has emerged over the last ten years as a growing field in the health sciences, particularly in relation to health humanities and education. Librarians can play a vital role in supporting graphic medicine by collecting and distributing graphic medicine materials and including graphic medicine in their work or instruction efforts. In this webinar, presenters will discuss where graphic medicine came from and why it is valuable, how you can start collecting graphic medicine at your library, and how you can integrate it into your work in the library. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

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Member Highlight: Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY

Thu, 2020-04-30 14:26
Jessica Koos

Jessica Koos, Health Sciences Librarian at Stony Brook University

The most recent Research Data Access & Preservation (RDAP) Summit was held from March 11-13 at the Santa Fe Convention Center in the beautiful city of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Fortunately, the conference took place immediately before quarantining was implemented due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak. Several of the speakers and attendees cancelled their in-person attendance due to the outbreak, however the conference organizers diligently made the in-person presentations available to those attending remotely using Zoom. Several speakers also provided remote presentations.

The keynote speaker on the first day was Dr. Michele Suina, Program Director at the Albuquerque Area Southwest Tribal Epidemiology Center. Dr. Suina is a member of Cochiti Pueblo, and she related the cultural considerations of her people regarding data collection. She also spoke about Indigenous Data Sovereignty and its role in ensuring that indigenous populations have control over their own data.

The keynote speaker on the second day was Dr. Amber Budden, Director for Community Engagement and Outreach at DataONE, which is a large initiative made up of multiple collaborators designed to facilitate the sharing of environmental data. Dr. Budden’s presentation detailed the successes and future goals of DataONE.

The majority of the conference consisted of various panel presentations organized into themes, including Partnerships, Data Visualization, Consortia, and Data Privacy. Of particular interest was a panel presentation from Dr. David Fearon, Senior Data Management Consultant at Johns Hopkins University, entitled “Screening for Human Subject Disclosure Risk During Data Curation and RDM Service Connections.” The presentation described the efforts being undertaken by the university in providing various types of support to researchers in the health sciences in order to facilitate the sharing of health-related data.

Other conference activities included lightning rounds and the RDAP Business Meeting. Additionally, a poster session allowed for discussions among speakers and attendees. Opportunities for networking abounded over delicious conference-provided meals with a distinctly New Mexican flair.

Overall, this summit covered numerous aspects of data management as it relates to libraries and librarians. There was something for everyone, from the novice data management librarian to the data management specialist. I would encourage anyone with an interest in this topic to attend future events.

Jessica Koos

Jessica Koos at RDAP

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Written by Jessica Koos, Health Sciences Librarian at Stony Brook University.

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Attending MisinfoCon 7.0: A Summit on Misinformation in Health Communication

Mon, 2020-04-27 12:00

Already familiar with MisinfoCon? Skip ahead to read our top 10 takeaways from MisinfoCon 7.0.

Kelsey Cowles

Kelsey Cowles

In a digital world where information spreads around the world in seconds, the ongoing issue of misinformation deserves serious attention – especially since false, misleading, or unfounded information sometimes spreads more quickly and easily than reliable information. In 2017, three groups – The First Draft Coalition, The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard and Hacks/Hackers – joined forces to address misinformation at a summit. MisinfoCon: A Summit on Misinformation took place on the MIT campus and included lectures, interactive workshops, and facilitated conversations. The event sought to “bring together ambassadors from technology platforms, news organizations, as well as experts in social science, media literacy, policy, advocacy, cybersecurity…software developers, designers, librarians, academics and actual, honest-to-goodness ‘real people’ that are impacted by misinformation” (Brooks). Uniquely, this event also included a “Creative Studio,” which featured live demos of relevant media tools, town hall meetings discussing approaches to misinformation, and other interactive platforms

Tess Wilson

Tess Wilson

Building on the success of this summit, several similar events have taken place around the world. The most recent iteration, MisinfoCon 7.0 in Washington, D.C., was hosted by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Mathematics (NASEM) and featured a diverse group of attendees including academic researchers, corporate and nonprofit representatives, government employees, and information professionals, all brought together by a shared interest in combating the particularly concerning problem of online health misinformation. This event also featured a version of the Creative Studio in the form of a Wikipedia edit-a-thon.

The NNLM MAR staff was particularly excited about MisinfoCon 7.0’s focus on health misinformation. We were eager to learn what more we can do to help counter health misinformation and grateful for the opportunity to participate in important conversations about its origins, spread, and repercussions. Many of the experts at this conference focused on three major areas of health misinformation: climate change, vaccine skepticism, and the COVID-19 pandemic. Kelsey Cowles, Academic Coordinator, and Tess Wilson, Community Engagement Coordinator, were able to attend this interactive event, and put together a list of takeaways for our members.

Top 10 Takeaways:
  1. NASEM has published a number of reports and proceedings on health literacy and science communication. NASEM also runs Based on Science, a website that answers common questions about science and health.
    Learn more by watching Kara Laney, NASEM
  2. In a digital world where information spreads around the world in seconds, the ongoing issue of misinformation deserves serious attention – especially since false, misleading, or unfounded information sometimes spreads more quickly and easily than reliable information. In the academic sphere, incorporating current events discussion into the classroom can create a bridge between the subject matter and its related media environment, increasing students’ connection to the material.
    Learn more by watching Kristy Carver Roschke, Arizona State University
  3. While much advice about effective science communication focuses on the need to create easily understandable and exciting media, research has shown that communications that are clear and simple can increase confidence more than they increase actual knowledge, while more nuanced (or even confusing) presentations of the same material can increase knowledge more than confidence. It is therefore important to find balance between engaging and informing the audience.
    Learn more by watching Adam Cole, freelance science journalist
  4. We know a number of things about misinformation on social media:
    • social networks easily become echo chambers
    • falsehoods spread easily and quickly, particularly when an information vacuum exists, they feel parsimonious, and they do not conflict with pre-existing beliefs
    • credible information is often complex, nuanced, and uncertain, which can make it less palatable
    • disinformation campaigns often begin by constructing a false equivalency between credible and unreliable information sources or giving the impression that the truth is unknown
      Learn more by watching Wen-Ying Chou, National Cancer Institute
  5. While social media is often a source of misinformation, it can also be a source of credible information and correction. “Observational correction,” or seeing someone else be corrected when they post misinformation, can be effective. “Social correction” (for example, commenting on a misleading post with a link to credible information disputing the post) are similar in effectiveness to “platform-based correction” (for example, related links to credible information that automatically display below a post).
    Learn more by watching Leticia Bode, Georgetown University
  6. When beliefs that tend to be particularly deeply ingrained are involved, like vaccine skepticism, even discussing misinformation with the intent of refuting it can actually contribute to its spread. These beliefs can be tied up with social identity and heavily influenced by celebrities, family, and friends. Thinking more about the role of personal storytelling and connections in combating this type of misinformation may be more effective than focusing on numbers and expertise.
    Learn more by watching Linda Fu, Children’s National Hospital
  7. It is important for journalists to debunk myths directly in headlines rather than doing so only in an article – this lesson can also be applied to science communication in general. Being transparent about how conclusions are reached is also important.
    Learn more by watching Laura Helmuth, Washington Post
  8. Wikipedia is one of the most widely used online sources of health information. While its accuracy is typically considered on par with other encyclopedias, hoax articles and misinformation do exist on Wikipedia. Humans are not particularly good at identifying hoax articles, but artificial intelligence (AI) shows great promise in identifying this type of misinformation. Information professionals also have a role to play in quality control on Wikipedia, particularly in the realm of ensuring reliability of sources.
    Learn more by watching Srijan Kumar, Georgia Tech; Lane Rasberry, University of Virginia
  9. Humans are social creatures and rumor can be an extraordinarily effective method of communication. However, especially in situations where communities have limited access to reliable health information, rumor can contribute to anxiety and stress as well as the spread of misinformation. By using tools specifically tailored to capture the anecdotes that spread throughout communities, experts can collect valuable evidence to inform the way accurate health information is disseminated.
    Learn more by watching Alison Campbell, Internews
  10. Addressing media literacy in school curricula is one way educators can equip their students to enter a world inundated with misinformation. Integrating these concepts into primary and secondary education – and using real-life articles and case studies to do so – encourages students to think critically about the media they consume and make informed judgments about its validity.
    Learn more by watching Christi Hofland, IREX; Matt Venderwerff, IREX

Interested in helping NNLM combat misinformation? Join the April 2020 #CiteNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon!

Sources: Brooks, Jeanne, James Geary, Burt Herman, Jenny 8. Lee, Phillip Smith, and Claire Wardle. “MisinfoCon, A Summit on Misinformation, Feb 24–26, at MIT Media Lab & The Nieman Foundation for Journalism.” MisinfoCon, 25 Jan. 2017, https://misinfocon.com/misinfocon-a-summit-on-misinformation-feb-24-26-at-mit-media-lab-the-nieman-foundation-for-232507bd08a6

Written by Kelsey Cowles, Academic Coordinator, and Tess Wilson, Community Engagement Coordinator, for the Spring 2020 edition of The MAReport quarterly newsletter.

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Fri, 2020-04-24 06:00

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COVID-19 is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation.
Get the latest public health information from CDC: https://www.coronavirus.gov
Get the latest research information from NIH: https://www.nih.gov/coronavirus

Applications Due: The deadline for submitting applications to the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR) for health information outreach and programming projects is next week. Please submit proposals by April 30 at 12:00 PM ET.

NLM Resource Update: The new PubMed will become the default site on or after May 18, 2020. A new, yellow banner has been added to legacy PubMed to notify users of the timing.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

Webinar recordings available for CHES CECH – MARquee News Highlights

NIH treatment guidelines for COVID-19 Now Posted Online! – Latitudes, the Newsletter from PSR

Free Resources for Public Libraries: The Public Library Association (PLA), National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) and the All of Us Research Program (All of Us) have partnered together to create free resources for library staff to support their community’s digital literacy needs. Resources include a curriculum guide for library staff to teach digital literacy by using health topics and a series of online modules designed to teach basic Internet skills. Available in English and Spanish, the modules are designed to help new internet users navigate the online world. Visit the digital health literacy page to access these resources and opportunities and more!

New on YouTube: Health Programming for Summer Reading & Virtual Engagement, April 7, 2020

NLM/NIH News

Profiles in Science: Exploring Stories of Scientific Discovery – NLM’s widely appreciated online historical resource, Profiles in Science, makes available to researchers, educators, and members of the public the archival collections of prominent scientists, physicians, and other individuals who have advanced the scientific enterprise. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

“The World’s First Public Health Emergency of International Concern” – In April 2008, vaccine research and production company Replikins released a news announcement predicting a novel flu virus outbreak was on the near horizon. While preparing vaccine for the upcoming seasonal flu season, their evolutionary research into the H1N1 genomic sequencing data showed a convergence of scenarios where H1N1 might become the leading candidate for the next expected—and overdue—pandemic with a virulence not seen since the 1918 Spanish Flu. A year later, on Saturday, April 25, 2009, under the rules of the International Health Regulations, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the 2009 H1N1 outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

The Challenge of Tracking COVID-19’s Stealthy Spread – As our nation looks with hope toward controlling the coronavirus 2019 disease (COVID-19) pandemic, researchers are forging ahead with efforts to develop and implement strategies to prevent future outbreaks. It sounds straightforward. However, several new studies indicate that containing SARS-CoV-2—the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19—will involve many complex challenges, not the least of which is figuring out ways to use testing technologies to our best advantage in the battle against this stealthy foe. – NIH Director’s Blog

NIST and OSTP Launch Effort to Improve Search Engines for COVID-19 Research –The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) launched a joint effort to support the development of search engines for research that will help in the fight against COVID-19. – National Library of Medicine

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NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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

April 2020

Sharing, Discovering, and Citing COVID-19 Data and Code – April 24, 2:00-3:45 PM ET – The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is hosting a free webinar for researchers to learn how to share, discover, and cite COVID-19 data and code in generalist repositories. This webinar will be available via NIH VideoCast.

Putting the Self Back in Self-Care: Wellness in the Time of COVID-19 – April 28, 12:00-1:30 PM ET – Whether you are working remotely or within the library building, COVID-19 has changed the way we work and live. In a profession where the desire to serve the public often subsumes the needs of library workers, our panelists will share strategies for self-care as well as tips for overcoming challenges related to (re)creating a work-life balance that can be done for free, remotely or in the building. This webinar is sponsored by the Greater Midwest Region (GMR).

Genetics, Genomics, and Precision Medicine – Past, Present and Future – April 28, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Southeastern Atlantic Region (SEA), this webinar will present an overview of the topics of genetics and genomics. Presenters will explore why genetics is relevant to everyday life, where it shows up, why you should care and why having a basic knowledge is important. There will be discussion of key terminology, technology supporting modern precision medicine, and the role of computing in genomics. No experience with bioinformatics computing is needed to take this class. The goal is for participants to leave comfortable talking about modern genomics and precision medicine, some key parts of its history and the future of the field.

Getting the Most Out of DOCLINE – April 29, 2:00-2:30 PM ET – This webinar will be hosted by the DOCLINE Team members from NLM and the National DOCLINE Coordination Office. The Team will provide a brief system overview including current statistics, recent enhancements, power user tips for best results, and answer user questions.

Research Symposium: Reporting, Recording, and Remembering the 1918 Influenza Epidemic – April 29, 2:00-4:00 PM ET – A public research symposium involving Virginia Tech students studying the history of data in social context through individual and collaborative primary-source research at the National Library of Medicine and elsewhere, and as part of their course Topics in the History of Data in Social Context. During the symposium, the students will present their research on various aspects of the 1918 pandemic. This symposium is sponsored by the NLM History of Medicine Division in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Humanities Office of Digital Humanities.

Dementia Awareness for Public Libraries – April 29, 3:00-4:30 PM ET – Join the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) and presenter Christine Damon (MSEd, MFCS), a gerontologist and adult educator who has trained nationally on dementia care as they introduce dementia resources, increase understanding of dementia and strategies that can be deployed to enhance communication and support for patrons with dementia and their families, and present an opportunity to contribute to our understanding of the disease by raising awareness of the All of Us Research program.

Getting Started with Information Outreach in Your Community – April 30, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – This class will provide a background in cultural competence and outreach skills as librarians make outreach efforts to underserved, underrepresented minority populations in their community. Join the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) for this class to learn more about the following topics: locating community demographics, the importance of developing relationships, the basics of building and developing community-based partnerships, recognition and acceptance of cultural differences, and the importance of cultural competency. Some basic concepts of program planning and evaluation within a culturally diverse environment will be covered as well

May 2020

Building Resilient Communities Online and In Person – May 1, 12:00-1:30 PM ET – In this webinar sponsored by the Greater Midwest Region (GMR), examine your library partnerships and community assets and learn how to empower your staff, your patrons and your community, online and in person, with tried and true tools that you can use to build a more resilient community. In this time of crisis, take an hour to pause, breathe, listen, participate and reflect along with staff at the Gail Borden Public Library District in Elgin, Illinois, an IMLS National Medal recipient.

Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library – May 3-June 3, 2020 – This hands-on class will cover the health information seeking behavior of consumers and the role of the librarian in the provision of health information for the public. Come learn about the evolution of consumer health, health literacy and the e-patient. Participants will leave equipped with knowledge of top consumer health sites. We will discuss creative ideas for health information outreach. The class will wrap up with an opportunity to explore effective marketing approaches and develop an elevator speech.

Exploring Data Literacy Needs at Your Institution – May 6, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SEA), this webinar will discuss how data literacy initiatives can be integrated into different institutions. Join Theresa Burress and Emily Mann, Science Librarian and Student Success Librarian at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, respectively, as they discuss some of the successes and challenges they experienced as they co-led a faculty learning community at their institution to start a campus conversation about data literacy.

Preprints in PubMed Central – May 8, 11:30 AM-1:00 PM ET – Join our National Training Office (NTO) and Kathryn Funk, the Program Manager for PubMed Central, to learn about the current preprint landscape and NIH Preprint Pilot and to contribute your thoughts to shaping NLM’s approaches to accelerating access to research results through preprints.

How PubMed Work: An Introduction – May 11, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Learn about what PubMed is and what’s included in it. Attendees will explore how to find the original research that is the basis for a news article and we’ll spend time searching for articles by a specific author and searching on a specific subject. Attendees will also do exercises to narrow results to a more specific set of results and, lastly, explore the Advanced Search Builder and search history. This class is part of the How PubMed Works series sponsored by our National Training Office (NTO).

I am…Safe Zones: Sticks and Stones LGBTQA 101 – May 13, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – What better ways to learn about sexual identities than to list out social norms, stereotypes, media images, rumors, jokes, and slang! Sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR), this is a safe space for any and all kinds of interactive discussions regarding Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Heterosexual identities.

Making Sense of Numbers: Understanding Risks and Benefits – May 19, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – This class is a basic introduction for anyone who wants to understand how to communicate health information that involves numeracy. The purpose of this class is to understand risk and benefits from a layman’s perspective and to understand that the communication of numbers must be clear and easy to understand. In this 1.5 hour class sponsored by Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SEA), participants will also be introduced to several NLM and NIH tools that will help in the development of educational materials

June 2020

New England Science Boot Camp for Librarians 2020 – June 11, 9 AM-4 PM ET – The New England Region (NER) is hosting a free virtual conference for librarians. Topics will probably include, depending on speaker availability: vaccine research & manufacture, virology, making Health Devices in non-industrial settings, IRB and human subjects research in the shifting landscape. More details will be available closer to the event date.

On-Demand Learning

Looking for self-paced learning opportunities? Check out the classes below that are available to begin at any time! You can also watch recordings from past NNLM classes on a broad range of topics.

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

Other Items of Interest

Job Postings:

Celebrate the Library’s 220th Birthday with the LOC Collections App – Library of Congress

Coping and Caring in the Time of COVID-19 – Join the Medical Library Association for this series of free, live, online conversations! These weekly conversations for MLA members and the wider health information professional community are designed to help you address professional and personal pain points related to the current crisis. You can also share ideas for topics and presenters, or volunteer to present.

  • Moving Instruction Online in a Hurry! – April 28, 1:00-1:30 PM ET – Ruby L. Nugent, Health Sciences Library, University of Nevada–Las Vegas, and Brandi Tuttle, AHIP, Medical Center Library & Archives, Duke University, Durham, NC.
  • Supporting Oral Health in the Time of COVID-19 – May 5, 1:00-1:30 PM ET – Dental Caucus leadership members Amanda Nevius, Hirsh Health Sciences Library, Tufts University, Boston, MA; Nicole Theis-Mahon, AHIP, Health Sciences Libraries University of Minnesota–Minneapolis; and Nena Schvaneveldt, AHIP, Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, University of Utah–Salt Lake City.
  • Critical Appraisal of COVID-19 Research – May 12, 1:00-1:30 PM ET – Marie Ascher, Health Sciences Library, New York Medical College–Valhalla; Abraham Wheeler, AHIP, MSU Libraries, Michigan State University–East Lansing; Rachel Pinotti, AHIP, Levy Library, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY; and Amy Blevins, Ruth Lilly Medical Library, Indiana University School of Medicine–Indianapolis.

Overview of COVID-19 and CDC’s Response to the Pandemic with a Highlight of Federal COVID-19 Resources – May 5, 2:00-3:00 PM ET -This webinar will provide an overview of COVID-19 and the CDC’s public health emergency response. In addition, a highlight of Federal resources available on COVID-19 will be presented with emphasis on those resources that might be relevant to libraries and researchers. This webinar is free to attend.

Drawn to Graphic Medicine: Bringing Comics into Medical Librarianship – May 20, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Graphic medicine, the intersection of health care and comics, has emerged over the last ten years as a growing field in the health sciences, particularly in relation to health humanities and education. Librarians can play a vital role in supporting graphic medicine by collecting and distributing graphic medicine materials and including graphic medicine in their work or instruction efforts. In this webinar, presenters will discuss where graphic medicine came from and why it is valuable, how you can start collecting graphic medicine at your library, and how you can integrate it into your work in the library. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

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Webinar recordings available for CHES CECH

Tue, 2020-04-21 09:14

Were you interested in attending a webinar from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, but unavailable during the live session? Three recorded webinars from February and March are now available for CHES CECH. Register on the NNLM website for credit from each course recording by selecting the hyperlink in the title of the course.

What Works for Health? Using County Health Rankings and Roadmaps in Grant WritingRecording available for CHES CECH until 8/19/2020 – This session will provide an overview of What Works for Health, a resource from County Health Rankings and Roadmaps (CHRR), a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. What Works for Health rates the evidence of a broad range of strategies (i.e., policies, programs, systems & environmental changes) that can affect health through changes to: health behaviors; clinical care; social and environmental factors; and the physical environment. Our Guest speaker from the National Network of Public Health Institutes, Toni Lewis will discuss how those preparing funding applications can use What Works for Health when writing their evidence of need. NNLM MAR Health Professions Coordinator, Erin Seger will also provide examples of past funded NNLM projects that align with strategies Toni highlights. The audience will learn a practical way to use countyhealthrankings.org as it relates to applying for NNLM funding or other funding opportunities.

CECH: 1
Advanced CECH: 1

Objectives:

By the end of the session, participants will:

  1. Describe how to use What Works for Health when writing a grant proposal
  2. Define the evidence ratings in County Health Rankings What Works for Health
  3. Describe at least three examples of past NNLM-funded projects that relate to the evidence categories in What Works for Health

From Problem to Prevention: Evidence-Based Public Health Recording available for CHES CECH until 8/26/2020 – Curious about evidence-based public health (EBPH) but not sure where to start? This class will explain the basics of evidence-based public health (EBPH) and highlight essentials of the EBPH process such as identifying the problem, forming a question, searching the literature, and evaluating the intervention. The purpose of this class is to provide an introduction to the world of evidence based public health and to give those already familiar with EBPH useful information that can be applied in their practices.

CECH: 1
Advanced CECH: 0

Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  1. Define and describe evidence-based public health
  2. Identify a public health need and formulate an answerable question
  3. Locate and search applicable literature and resources

Health Statistics on the Web – Recording available for CHES CECH until 9/5/2020 – This course focuses on the location, selection, and effective use of statistics relevant to health on the local, state, national, and international levels. The importance and relevance of health statistics in various contexts will be discussed. Participants will have the opportunity to become familiar with the features and scope of several statistics Internet resources through the use of numerous exercises.

CECH: 1
Advanced CECH: 0

Objectives:

At the conclusion of the class, participants will:

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

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

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

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

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