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In the Region

Mon, 2019-08-12 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.

Michael Balkenhol, Professional Development: I attended the American Library Association Annual Conference in Washington D.C. on June 20-25. It was my first time attending and I’ve never seen so many librarians in one place. I attended interested sessions on health programming, food rescue and nutrition, and citizen science that I plan to incorporate into upcoming webinars and classes in the fall and spring. It was also really fun to meet a few NNLM MAR members while I was at the NNLM exhibit booth!

Michelle Burda, Site Visit: I had the opportunity to visit Brody Family Medical Library, part of the Lehigh Valley Health Network, in Allentown PA on June 30. This library was awarded NNLM MAR funding to support programming and promotion of the NLM exhibit, Every Necessary Care & Attention: George Washington & Medicine. The exhibit is open to the staff of the hospital and the community. Additional handouts and posters of relevant historical facts about the area and George Washington were created by a work study student, and a bookmark with a QR code to the exhibit’s website was designed and given to exhibit attendees along with MedlinePlus trifolds. Having a NLM exhibit at the Lehigh Valley Medical Library gave the hospital staff an opportunity to learn more about NLM activities and resources, and the library. It was also an opportunity for the public to visit the medical library and learn about its presence, and the value it brings to not only the hospital but the community. 65 people attended the scheduled program the day I was there. The guest speaker brought 2 documents signed by George Washington that have only been on display twice in the time the speaker has owned them. The presenter was excellent and I would recommend him as a speaker at other places where the exhibit is planned. Please contact me for additional information mburda@pitt.edu.

Erin Seger, Reaching New Audiences: Over the last year, MAR has been able to teach three classes that offered continuing education credit for Certified Health Education Specialists. This is exciting for me because I am a Health Educator myself. I have been certified as a Health Education Specialist (CHES) since 2009, and worked as a Health Coach and Health Educator prior to my role here at NNLM. I think there is a natural connection between the field of Health Education, the mission of NNLM, and the purpose of NLM resources. Today the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC), who certifies Health Education Specialists, posted an infographic that described one of the roles of a Certified Health Education Specialist as “inspiring priority populations to make the best decisions they can about their health”. Here at NNLM we can support this through our regularly scheduled national classes, and offering CHES continuing education can ensure that these professionals get the information they need from our classes. I’m excited that as of July 1, 2019, MAR was approved as a provider of CHES CE for the next 2 years. This means that our region and the others across NNLM will be able to more widely offer continuing education for these professionals. If you are a CHES or know someone who is, reach out to me at ers166@pitt.edu to be added to our CHES email list, where you will learn about the next round of CHES CE opportunities.

Kate Flewelling, Goodbye and Hello! On July 23, I had the pleasure to speak at the PA Governor’s Council on Library Development at Penn State University. I presented on services for public and academic libraries to Glenn Miller, Deputy Secretary & Commissioner for Libraries, library directors, and other stakeholders. If you would like an NNLM MAR presentation to your group, please contact us.

This summer, we are saying farewell to All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator Veronica Leigh Milliner. Veronica was instrumental in developing the All of Us Community Engagement project not only in MAR, but throughout NNLM. The programs she developed and relationships she made will continue to bear fruit throughout the pilot program and beyond. I am sure you join me in wishing her well as she explores new opportunities. We have also welcomed two new staff members: Tessa Zindren, MAR Program and Outreach Assistant, is responsible for maintaining outreach materials, responding to member and staff requests, and reporting to internal and external stakeholders. Kelsey Cowles, Academic Coordinator, is our liaison to academic libraries, particularly at 2- and 4- year colleges. She will also be our liaison to NNLM’s Research Data Management Working Group and Wikipedia Edit-a-Thons. Watch for them to introduce themselves in the next MAReport.

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Weekly Postings

Fri, 2019-08-09 13:36

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Spotlight

Employment Opportunity: The University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System (HSLS) invites applications for the position of Community Engagement Coordinator for the Middle Atlantic Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM MAR). We are looking for an energetic, creative, innovative, and service-oriented individual interested in being part of a collaborative team that works together to improve access to and sharing of biomedical and health information resources, with an emphasis on resources produced by the National Library of Medicine.

Member Highlights: Ellenville Public Library & Museum, Ellenville, NY – learn about one public library’s quest to engage their patrons in weekly exercise and health programming!

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

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

Why Wikipedia Matters for Health and Medical Information – The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is partnering with WebJunction to facilitate a 4-week online course for public librarians on Wikipedia health and medical information, to be offered this coming fall! Join us for a webinar on August 14 at 3:00 PM ET to learn more about the upcoming course, and the importance of improving health and medical information on Wikipedia.

Explore National Immunization Awareness Month with the NNLM Reading Club – MARquee News Highlights

World Breastfeeding Week – NER Update

New DOCLINE scripts for ILLiad 9.0.3 & 8.7.3 – DOCLINE Talkline

NLM/NIH News

On the Importance of Mentors (and Mentors Who Become Friends) – The best mentors not only provide a sounding board to try out new ideas and thoughts, they also give you the confidence to ride new waves of opportunity. But sometimes mentors become something more: They become your lifelong friends. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Meet the PubMed Central Team: Perfectionists with a Sense of Humor – PMC’s mission to provide the public with free access to medical literature, whether they are researchers, citizen scientists, or family members seeking medical information, is what drives the team. – NLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Lifting the “Residual Veil”: Biomicroscopy of the Eye – An intense light that seems to shine directly into your brain, the quelling of the strong impulse to pull away, a professional stranger breathing so close by. Anyone who has gone forehead-to-forehead with an ophthalmologist will have some familiarity with biomicroscopy. But few of us have much sense of what might be seen in the depths of our own eyes with that devastating beam. – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

The Amazing Brain: Zooming Through the Globus Pallidus Externa – The Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative continues to find new ways to visualize neurons interconnecting into the billions of circuits that control our thoughts, feelings, and movements. – NIH Director’s Blog

NIH researchers uncover role of repetitive DNA and protein sequences in tumor evolution – A team of researchers from the National Library of Medicine (NLM), part of the National Institutes of Health, and collaborating academic research institutions developed a method to measure a type of gene mutation involved in the evolution of cancer. This type of mutation, called “repeat instability,” may be useful in early cancer diagnosis. Findings were published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Subscribe to the NLM Technical Bulletin for the latest updates on NLM tools you may be using! The current issue recently highlighted updates to PubMed Labs that allow users to narrow search results by article type, text availability, publication date, species, language, sex, subject, journal category, and age.

NIH News in Health: the August 2019 issue is now available, featuring, “Period Problems: Fibroids, Endometriosis, and Other Issue,” and, “Bulging Veins: What to Do About Varicose Veins.” Other topics include psoriatic arthritis, walking for better health, and urologic diseases.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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

August 2019

NCBI Minute: A new PubMed is on its way! – August 14, 11:00-11:30 AM ET – In this webinar with the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) you will experience PubMed Labs, a test site that will become the default PubMed early next year. You will get a preview of the new, modern interface, updated features including advanced search, clipboard, options for sharing results, and the new “cite” button. You’ll also learn about features that are still under development and how to provide feedback on the new PubMed.

True North: Navigating Your Way to Freely Available Public Health Resources – August 14, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – This collaborative course covers concepts related to searching for freely available public health resources, reviewing resources for bias, and thinking outside-the-box for your search strategies. Join the National Public Health Coordinating Office (NPHCO) in this session for a review of pressing issues in public health.

Fostering Resilience in Older Adults – August 14, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – Resilience, the process of adapting well in the face of significant sources of distress, plays an increasingly important role in successful aging. Join this webinar with the South Central Region (SCR) to learn more about ways aging network providers and community partners can support older adults in problem solving, preparing for challenges and cultivating this essential component for well-being across the lifespan.

Collection Management for Healthy Communities – August 14, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Public library collections address many health-related needs and interests from which librarians and many others draw information in response to questions about disease, wellness, chronic conditions, prescription and non-prescription drugs, and therapies. To provide accurate and therefore valuable and correct support for these information needs, the print, media, and online collections on which your public library relies must be cultivated with new resources added and outdated ones weeded. This webinar with the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) will provide library staff with support in identifying appropriate health and wellness resources for both the reference and circulating collections, and maintaining the public library’s health-related resources so that they offer your community the highest quality resources they need.

What’s in a Data Story? Understanding the Basics of Data Storytelling – August 15, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – Join the Pacific Northwest and Pacific Southwest Regions (PNR/PSR) for this introductory webinar on the fundamentals of effective storytelling, using data collected and visualized by librarians, for librarians. Data without a story is just a pile of numbers. Data with an effective story becomes an everlasting narrative that people will remember for a long time and without much effort. This webinar will look at the basic structure of data storytelling and review exemplars both good and bad of data storytelling.

Understanding the Opioid Crisis: Where do I begin? – August 20, 1:30-2:30 PM ET – An estimated 1.9 million people in the U.S. have a prescription opioid use disorder, while another 586,000 have a heroin use disorder. This class with the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) will help you to understand what addiction and opioids are, and where you can find authoritative information to understand this complex epidemic. The National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health provide resources for both the general public and health professionals to learn about opioid abuse and overdose prevention and treatment options.

Feeding the Whole Child: Full minds and full bellies, all free at the library – August 20, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – What does it take to get your library or non-profit involved in the Federal Summer Food Service Program and other food insecurity efforts? What are some strategies to help ensure the success of your program, and how can you get your community engaged? Get answers to these and more questions of your own in this informative and interactive session with the Greater Midwest Region (GMR).

Unconscious Bias: Perceptions of Self & Others – August 21, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Our lived experiences are the tools we use to interpret the world around us. Join this webinar with the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR) and take some time to notice how you perceive yourself and others. This is the second installment in a series of webinars about diversity, equity, and inclusion for health sciences librarians.

Inclusive Graphic Medicine: Communication, Collections and Community – August 21, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – The emerging field of graphic medicine provides opportunities for health sciences librarian involvement at many levels. Collection development, health literacy, medical education, and promotion of resources for patient-provider communication are some of the relevant areas where librarians participate in the use of comics in healthcare and medical education. In this webinar with the MidContintental Region (MCR), three panelists will discuss their experiences with graphic medicine.

Libraries Connecting Communities to Vaccine Information & Resources – August 21, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – With vaccines being in the headlines recently, it is likely many of your library patrons are wondering if they, their children, or family members are up to date with immunizations. This webinar with the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR) will provide practical information, resources, and tools for public library staff to help empower and inform their communities around vaccines. The presentation will also equip libraries to help their patrons speak with their pharmacist and other members of the care team about vaccines as well as additional health information needs.

Improving the Health, Safety, and Well-being of LGBTQ+ Populations – August 22, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – LGBTQ+ individuals face many barriers in accessing healthcare, including discrimination, lack of access, misunderstanding, and fear. As a consequence, many LGBTQ+ individuals do not regularly access appropriate and timely care. The more informed healthcare professionals are, LGBTQ+ patients and clients will become more comfortable in an environment that is often alienating, disrespectful, and traumatic. This class with the New England Region (NER) will discuss cultural competency, health information needs, and information resources for working with LGBTQ+ patrons.

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

September 2019

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

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

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

A New PubMed: Highlights for Information Professionals – September 17, 18, 20 & 24, 2019 – Sponsored by the National Library of Medicine, this webinar for librarians and other information professionals will preview the new, modern PubMed with updated features including advanced search tools, saving citations to a Clipboard, options for sharing results, and the new “Cite” button. You’ll also learn about features that are still under development, and find out how to give NLM your feedback on the new system. The new PubMed, currently available at PubMed Labs for testing, will be the default PubMed system in early 2020.

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

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

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

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

Other Items of Interest

Job postings:

HSRProj Back to School Webinar: How to Search, Communicate, and Disseminate Your Research – August 21, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by AcademyHealth through the HSRProj program, this introductory seminar explores effective search, communication, and dissemination strategies and provides an overview of resources publicly available through the National Library of Medicine for public health and health services and policy researchers to use in their work.

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

2020 Symposium on the Future of Libraries – The Center for the Future of Libraries is accepting session proposals for this three-day symposium exploring the near-term trends already inspiring innovation in academic, public, school, and special libraries, and the longer-term trends that will help us adapt to the needs of our communities. The Symposium on the Future of Libraries is included with full registration for the 2020 ALA Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits. First review of proposals will begin July 15 – priority placement will be given to those proposals received by the first review date. The call for proposals will close on August 15.

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

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

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

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Explore National Immunization Awareness Month with the NNLM Reading Club

Wed, 2019-08-07 10:43

August is National Immunization Awareness Month, a National Health Observance which provides a key opportunity to highlight the importance of getting recommended vaccines at all ages.

The Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention reminds us that every year children and adults become seriously ill and are hospitalized because of diseases that vaccines can help prevent, like whooping cough, cancers caused by HPV and pneumonia. This year’s measles outbreaks are a key reminder of how quickly diseases can spread when people aren’t vaccinated.

Collage of National Immunization Awareness Month book covers

The NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network is pleased to announce its three book selections in support of National Immunization Awareness Month:

  • On Immunity by Eula Bliss
  • Vaccines Did Not Cause Rachel’s Autism by Peter Hotez
  • The Vaccine Race by Meredith Wadman

To learn more about each of these titles and to download book discussion guides, promotional materials and corresponding vaccine and immunization information, or to apply for a free NNLM Reading Club Book kit, visit the Book Selections and Health Resources: Vaccine Health.

Categories: RML Blogs

Member Highlights: Ellenville Public Library & Museum, Ellenville, NY

Tue, 2019-08-06 08:00

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

Living Well Ellenville

Katie Sheehan-Lopez from Cornell Cooperative Extension in Ulster County leading a LWE program

Living Well Ellenville (LWE) is a program from the Ellenville Public Library & Museum, in partnership with Ellenville Regional Hospital, that began in January 2018. The program meets at the library consistently each Thursday at 10:00 AM for a leisurely walk through town. Patrons and library staff leading the walk return at 10:30 AM for a healthy snack, and water, tea, or coffee, and then participate in a wellness related program. This program offers a wide variety of activities, including cooking demonstrations, Reiki, Tai Chi, information about when to utilize the Emergency Room, urgent care and the doctor, and many more. Ellenville Regional Hospital (ERH) received a grant that ‘fit’ the program, called Healthy Hearts, which provided additional funds to supplement Living Well Ellenville. Community organizations like the Cornell Cooperative Extension are involved on a semi-regular basis, and the library also pays some special instructors out of their programming budget. Though the participant numbers ebb and flow, from the community perspective it has been a very successful program. Ellenville staff have noticed that some of their older adult patrons, “snowbirds” who winter in warmer locations, have just started coming back to attend this program, and they love it!

To learn more about Living Well Ellenville, visit the Ellenville Public Library & Museum website, or contact Library Director Kristin Fowler via email: kfowler@rcls.org or telephone: (845) 647-5530.

Living Well Ellenville logo

Categories: RML Blogs

Weekly Postings

Fri, 2019-08-02 12:02

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

Spotlight

Employment Opportunity: The University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System (HSLS) invites applications for the position of Community Engagement Coordinator for the Middle Atlantic Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM MAR). We are looking for an energetic, creative, innovative, and service-oriented individual interested in being part of a collaborative team that works together to improve access to and sharing of biomedical and health information resources, with an emphasis on resources produced by the National Library of Medicine.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

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

Why Wikipedia Matters for Health and Medical Information – The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is partnering with WebJunction to facilitate a 4-week online course for public librarians on Wikipedia health and medical information, to be offered this coming fall! Join us for a webinar on August 14 at 3:00 PM ET to learn more about the upcoming course, and the importance of improving health and medical information on Wikipedia.

DOCLINE 6 Web Address Changing August 12th – DOCLINE Talkline

NLM/NIH News

Accelerating Innovation in Science – Word about HL7 FHIR—pronounced “fire”—is spreading quickly across the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and scientific community, and for good reason. The FHIR format is a global industry standard for exchanging health care data between institutions. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

NIH Director’s Blog

Subscribe to the NLM Technical Bulletin for the latest updates on NLM tools you may be using! The current issue recently highlighted updates to PubMed Labs involving the Library LinkOut using Outside Tool service, and the closure of NLM’s Specialized Information Services division.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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

August 2019

From Beyond our Borders: Providing Multilingual and Multicultural Health Information – August 5-30, 2019 – Join the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) for this asynchronous course that provides an overview of the current landscape of refugees, immigrants, asylees, and seasonal and migrant farm workers in the United States, and explores some of the unique health challenges that impact these population groups. This course will discuss culture, cultural competency and cultural humility, and reflect on how your organization is addressing these principles. An introduction to numerous health information websites will be provided that showcase where you can access resources in multiple languages. This class will help you think about ways your organization can develop programs and services to assist immigrants, refugees, asylees, and seasonal and migrant farm workers in your communities.

Graphic Public Health: Comics for Health Literacy, Health Promotion, and Advocacy – August 7, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Comics are uniquely suited for conveying health information in engaging, economical, and culturally sensitive ways. Graphic public health can also give voice to the people in our communities who are impacted by the policy and programmatic decisions made by public health officials. In this webinar sponsored by the New England Region (NER), Meredith Li-Vollmer from Public Health – Seattle & King County will share examples of how she has applied comics to health literacy, health promotion and advocacy for public health. She will also discuss aspects of the creative process of developing graphic public health.

NCBI Minute: A new PubMed is on its way! – August 14, 11:00-11:30 AM ET – In this webinar with the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) you will experience PubMed Labs, a test site that will become the default PubMed early next year. You will get a preview of the new, modern interface, updated features including advanced search, clipboard, options for sharing results, and the new “cite” button. You’ll also learn about features that are still under development and how to provide feedback on the new PubMed.

True North: Navigating Your Way to Freely Available Public Health Resources – August 14, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – This collaborative course covers concepts related to searching for freely available public health resources, reviewing resources for bias, and thinking outside-the-box for your search strategies. Join the National Public Health Coordinating Office (NPHCO) in this session for a review of pressing issues in public health.

Fostering Resilience in Older Adults – August 14, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – Resilience, the process of adapting well in the face of significant sources of distress, plays an increasingly important role in successful aging. Join this webinar with the South Central Region (SCR) to learn more about ways aging network providers and community partners can support older adults in problem solving, preparing for challenges and cultivating this essential component for well-being across the lifespan.

Collection Management for Healthy Communities – August 14, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Public library collections address many health-related needs and interests from which librarians and many others draw information in response to questions about disease, wellness, chronic conditions, prescription and non-prescription drugs, and therapies. To provide accurate and therefore valuable and correct support for these information needs, the print, media, and online collections on which your public library relies must be cultivated with new resources added and outdated ones weeded. This webinar with the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) will provide library staff with support in identifying appropriate health and wellness resources for both the reference and circulating collections, and maintaining the public library’s health-related resources so that they offer your community the highest quality resources they need.

What’s in a Data Story? Understanding the Basics of Data Storytelling – August 15, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – Join the Pacific Northwest and Pacific Southwest Regions (PNR/PSR) for this introductory webinar on the fundamentals of effective storytelling, using data collected and visualized by librarians, for librarians. Data without a story is just a pile of numbers. Data with an effective story becomes an everlasting narrative that people will remember for a long time and without much effort. This webinar will look at the basic structure of data storytelling and review exemplars both good and bad of data storytelling.

Understanding the Opioid Crisis: Where do I begin? – August 20, 1:30-2:30 PM ET – An estimated 1.9 million people in the U.S. have a prescription opioid use disorder, while another 586,000 have a heroin use disorder. This class with the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) will help you to understand what addiction and opioids are, and where you can find authoritative information to understand this complex epidemic. The National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health provide resources for both the general public and health professionals to learn about opioid abuse and overdose prevention and treatment options.

Unconscious Bias: Perceptions of Self & Others – August 21, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Our lived experiences are the tools we use to interpret the world around us. Join this webinar with the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR) and take some time to notice how you perceive yourself and others. This is the second installment in a series of webinars about diversity, equity, and inclusion for health sciences librarians.

Inclusive Graphic Medicine: Communication, Collections and Community – August 21, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – The emerging field of graphic medicine provides opportunities for health sciences librarian involvement at many levels. Collection development, health literacy, medical education, and promotion of resources for patient-provider communication are some of the relevant areas where librarians participate in the use of comics in healthcare and medical education. In this webinar with the MidContintental Region (MCR), three panelists will discuss their experiences with graphic medicine.

Libraries Connecting Communities to Vaccine Information & Resources – August 21, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – With vaccines being in the headlines recently, it is likely many of your library patrons are wondering if they, their children, or family members are up to date with immunizations. This webinar with the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR) will provide practical information, resources, and tools for public library staff to help empower and inform their communities around vaccines. The presentation will also equip libraries to help their patrons speak with their pharmacist and other members of the care team about vaccines as well as additional health information needs.

Improving the Health, Safety, and Well-being of LGBTQ+ Populations – August 22, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – LGBTQ+ individuals face many barriers in accessing healthcare, including discrimination, lack of access, misunderstanding, and fear. As a consequence, many LGBTQ+ individuals do not regularly access appropriate and timely care. The more informed healthcare professionals are, LGBTQ+ patients and clients will become more comfortable in an environment that is often alienating, disrespectful, and traumatic. This class with the New England Region (NER) will discuss cultural competency, health information needs, and information resources for working with LGBTQ+ patrons.

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

September 2019

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

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

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

*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:

A Year Out, ‘All of Us’ Help Shape the Future of Health Care – Inside UPMC

Troubleshooting Systematic Reviews: Refining the Research Question – August 7, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – How do you judge when a scoping review rather than a systematic review is appropriate? What reference interview questions best help refine a research question for a feasible study? Join Margaret Foster, AHIP, and Sarah Jewell, co-editors of Assembling the Pieces of a Systematic Review: A Guide for Librarians, for the first of two webinars that address these and other troublesome questions that all librarians interested in consulting on systematic reviews will want to be able to answer. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

Apply now to host ‘Americans and the Holocaust’ traveling exhibition – The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) and the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office invite libraries to apply to host Americans and the Holocaust, a traveling exhibition that examines the motives, pressures and fears that shaped Americans’ responses to Nazism, war and genocide in Europe during the 1930s and 1940s. The special library exhibition — based on the exhibition at the USHMM in Washington, D.C. — will travel to 50 U.S. public and academic libraries from 2020 to 2022. Read the project guidelines and apply online by August 9.

2020 Symposium on the Future of Libraries – The Center for the Future of Libraries is accepting session proposals for this three-day symposium exploring the near-term trends already inspiring innovation in academic, public, school, and special libraries, and the longer-term trends that will help us adapt to the needs of our communities. The Symposium on the Future of Libraries is included with full registration for the 2020 ALA Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits. First review of proposals will begin July 15 – priority placement will be given to those proposals received by the first review date. The call for proposals will close on August 15.

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

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

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Weekly Postings

Fri, 2019-07-26 12:54

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

Spotlight

World Hepatitis Day: The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the World Hepatitis Alliance recognize July 28 as World Hepatitis Day. For further information, campaign materials, social media messaging, clinical trials and other resources, please visit World Hepatitis Day 2019, the HHS Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the NIH National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). To find free, fast and confidential hepatitis testing near you, use the CDC’s GetTested tool.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

Why Wikipedia Matters for Health and Medical Information – The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is partnering with WebJunction to facilitate a 4-week online course for public librarians on Wikipedia health and medical information, to be offered this coming fall! Join us for a webinar on August 14 at 3:00 PM ET to learn more about the upcoming course, and the importance of improving health and medical information on Wikipedia.

We want your feedback! NNLM is reaching out to public library members to solicit feedback about the National Health Observances content being piloted by the NNLM All of Us National Program. The content, which includes program kits, posters, printer-ready handouts, and slides, is intended to raise awareness of select health observances and associated National Library of Medicine (NLM) resources. We invite you to take a short survey to provide us with feedback and recommendations for this project.

Highlights of One-Day Workshop: “Libraries as Partners in Health: an NNLM Seminar on Consumer Health” – Latitudes, the Newsletter from PSR

Florence Nightingale and the Data Visualization Society – SEA Currents

Consumer Health Minute: NNLM Resource Picks – The Dragonfly, News from the Northwest and Beyond, by PNR

NLM/NIH News

The Power of 10: Women Leaders of NIH – For the first time in NIH’s history, we have 10 women leading institutes and centers. Read more about how these women bring their personalities, professional expertise, and personal power to their leadership roles. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

NLM and Chickens Help Hatch a New Generation of Data Scientists – Preschoolers at Al-Hamra learn about healthy eating and dental hygiene with the help of NLM resources and the All of Us Research Program grant. – NLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

A Bit of Hollywood in the Operating RoomCirculating Now welcomes guest blogger Caitjan Gainty, PhD from Kings College, London to share insights on the work of obstetrician and filmmaker Joseph B. DeLee. Her essay explores two films in DeLee’s The Science and Art of Obstetrics series held in the NLM historical audiovisual collection. – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

NIH Director’s Blog

Subscribe to the NLM Technical Bulletin for the latest updates on NLM tools you may be using! The current issue recently highlighted updates to PubMed Labs involving the Library LinkOut using Outside Tool service, and the closure of NLM’s Specialized Information Services division.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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

July 2019

PubMed for Librarians: Building and Refining a Search – July 30, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Sponsored by the New England Region (NER), this class will focus on using some of the tools and features built into PubMed that are designed to help you search more effectively. Participants will learn how to coordinate MeSH terms with Subheadings the way Indexers do, and explore the Index feature to build a search and explore topics. This class will also look at the Filters Sidebar and Topic-Specific Queries.

Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC): Disaster Health Literature – July 31, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – The core purpose of the Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) is to develop and provide access to health information resources and technology for disaster and public health emergency preparedness, response, and recovery. During a disaster, decisions are made quickly, based on the information available. This session with the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) will provide a brief overview of the essential resources needed to provide health-related information services for supporting disaster preparedness, response, and recovery workforce.

August 2019

ABCs of DNA: Unraveling the Mystery of Genetics Information for Consumers – August 1-31, 2019 – Consumers need access to information and resources about genetic information in an understandable manner. Librarians working with the public need to be aware of the issues surrounding genetics and resources to assist patrons in locating and evaluating sometimes complex and confusing information. Offered in collaboration by the Greater Midwest and Pacific Northwest Regions (GMR/PNR), this asynchronous online class provides an opportunity to become better equipped with the resources you need to address the genetic health information needs of your community. Participants are eligible for 8 MLA CE.

From Beyond our Borders: Providing Multilingual and Multicultural Health Information – August 5-30, 2019 – Join the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) for this asynchronous course that provides an overview of the current landscape of refugees, immigrants, asylees, and seasonal and migrant farm workers in the United States, and explores some of the unique health challenges that impact these population groups. This course will discuss culture, cultural competency and cultural humility, and reflect on how your organization is addressing these principles. An introduction to numerous health information websites will be provided that showcase where you can access resources in multiple languages. This class will help you think about ways your organization can develop programs and services to assist immigrants, refugees, asylees, and seasonal and migrant farm workers in your communities.

Graphic Public Health: Comics for Health Literacy, Health Promotion, and Advocacy – August 7, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Comics are uniquely suited for conveying health information in engaging, economical, and culturally sensitive ways. Graphic public health can also give voice to the people in our communities who are impacted by the policy and programmatic decisions made by public health officials. In this webinar sponsored by the New England Region (NER), Meredith Li-Vollmer from Public Health – Seattle & King County will share examples of how she has applied comics to health literacy, health promotion and advocacy for public health. She will also discuss aspects of the creative process of developing graphic public health.

Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library – August 12-September 9, 2019 – This hands-on, asynchronous class with the 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 leave equipped with knowledge of top consumer health sites, discuss creative ideas for health information outreach, and wrap up with an opportunity to explore effective marketing approaches and develop an elevator speech.

True North: Navigating Your Way to Freely Available Public Health Resources – August 14, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – This collaborative course covers concepts related to searching for freely available public health resources, reviewing resources for bias, and thinking outside-the-box for your search strategies. Join the National Public Health Coordinating Office (NPHCO) in this session for a review of pressing issues in public health.

Fostering Resilience in Older Adults – August 14, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – Resilience, the process of adapting well in the face of significant sources of distress, plays an increasingly important role in successful aging. Join this webinar with the South Central Region (SCR) to learn more about ways aging network providers and community partners can support older adults in problem solving, preparing for challenges and cultivating this essential component for well-being across the lifespan.

Collection Management for Healthy Communities – August 14, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Public library collections address many health-related needs and interests from which librarians and many others draw information in response to questions about disease, wellness, chronic conditions, prescription and non-prescription drugs, and therapies. To provide accurate and therefore valuable and correct support for these information needs, the print, media, and online collections on which your public library relies must be cultivated with new resources added and outdated ones weeded. This webinar with the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) will provide library staff with support in identifying appropriate health and wellness resources for both the reference and circulating collections, and maintaining the public library’s health-related resources so that they offer your community the highest quality resources they need.

What’s in a Data Story? Understanding the Basics of Data Storytelling – August 15, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – Join the Pacific Northwest and Pacific Southwest Regions (PNR/PSR) for this introductory webinar on the fundamentals of effective storytelling, using data collected and visualized by librarians, for librarians. Data without a story is just a pile of numbers. Data with an effective story becomes an everlasting narrative that people will remember for a long time and without much effort. This webinar will look at the basic structure of data storytelling and review exemplars both good and bad of data storytelling.

Understanding the Opioid Crisis: Where do I begin? – August 20, 1:30-2:30 PM ET – An estimated 1.9 million people in the U.S. have a prescription opioid use disorder, while another 586,000 have a heroin use disorder. This class with the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) will help you to understand what addiction and opioids are, and where you can find authoritative information to understand this complex epidemic. The National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health provide resources for both the general public and health professionals to learn about opioid abuse and overdose prevention and treatment options.

Copyright, Fair Use and Creative Commons: Allies in Educational Settings – August 21, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – Is copyright automatic? When is Fair Use, well, fair? Does a Creative Commons license grant unlimited use of the work? Determining whether you have the rights to use an article, image, video, or table can take some of the fun out of developing a presentation, class, or course. In this session with the Mid-Continental Region (MCR) you will be introduced to a practical framework for understanding what can and cannot be copyrighted, with some typical scenarios librarians and educators encounter. You will also learn about where and in what context Fair Use applies, the different types of Creative Commons licenses, and how those licenses can help minimize copyright risk.

September 2019

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

*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:

Precision Medicine for the Masses: Mylynda Massart brings genomics to primary care – Pitt Med, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

POPLINE to retire on September 1, 2019 – POPLINE has been a valuable resource to the population, family planning, and reproductive health community for over 40 years.

Troubleshooting Systematic Reviews: Refining the Research Question – August 7, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – How do you judge when a scoping review rather than a systematic review is appropriate? What reference interview questions best help refine a research question for a feasible study? Join Margaret Foster, AHIP, and Sarah Jewell, co-editors of Assembling the Pieces of a Systematic Review: A Guide for Librarians, for the first of two webinars that address these and other troublesome questions that all librarians interested in consulting on systematic reviews will want to be able to answer. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

Apply now to host ‘Americans and the Holocaust’ traveling exhibition – The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) and the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office invite libraries to apply to host Americans and the Holocaust, a traveling exhibition that examines the motives, pressures and fears that shaped Americans’ responses to Nazism, war and genocide in Europe during the 1930s and 1940s. The special library exhibition — based on the exhibition at the USHMM in Washington, D.C. — will travel to 50 U.S. public and academic libraries from 2020 to 2022. Read the project guidelines and apply online by August 9.

2020 Symposium on the Future of Libraries – The Center for the Future of Libraries is accepting session proposals for this three-day symposium exploring the near-term trends already inspiring innovation in academic, public, school, and special libraries, and the longer-term trends that will help us adapt to the needs of our communities. The Symposium on the Future of Libraries is included with full registration for the 2020 ALA Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits. First review of proposals will begin July 15 – priority placement will be given to those proposals received by the first review date. The call for proposals will close on August 15.

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

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

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

Categories: RML Blogs

New All of Us Speaker Series Episode This Thursday

Tue, 2019-07-23 13:28

The All of Us Research Program will continue its Speaker Series with a new episode about the benefits of joining long-term research programs on Thursday, July 25 at 1:00 PM ET. All of Us Director of Communications and Marketing Alyssa Cotler and participant ambassador Dr. Randee Bloom will talk about the importance of long-term research programs like All of Us, the legacy participants can leave for the health of their family and future generations, and how individual health stories can help fill research gaps.

The event will be streamed through Facebook Live in collaboration with AARP’s Create the Good.

For more information, visit JoinAllofUs.org/conversations.

 You, Me and All of Us

Categories: RML Blogs

Weekly Postings

Fri, 2019-07-19 11:50

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

Spotlight

National Health Observances: Looking for tools and materials to promote the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or Summer Reading? 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.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

Why Wikipedia Matters for Health and Medical Information – The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is partnering with WebJunction to facilitate a 4-week online course for public librarians on Wikipedia health and medical information, to be offered this coming fall! Join us for a webinar on August 14 at 3:00 PM ET to learn more about the upcoming course, and the importance of improving health and medical information on Wikipedia.

We want your feedback! NNLM is reaching out to public library members to solicit feedback about the National Health Observances content being piloted by the NNLM All of Us National Program. The content, which includes program kits, posters, printer-ready handouts, and slides, is intended to raise awareness of select health observances and associated National Library of Medicine (NLM) resources. We invite you to take a short survey to provide us with feedback and recommendations for this project.

Update on EFTS Continuation – Updated information regarding the collaboration between MLA, Uconn, and NLM to create an EFTS 2.0 that will continue to support the billing component of DOCLINE. – DOCLINE Talkline

Think Before You Ink – The Dragonfly, News from the Northwest and Beyond, by PNR

NLM/NIH News

The Significance of Network Biology – The functioning of any complex system involves interactions between elements of that system. These many interactions, from the microscopic to the macroscopic, can be described as networks, which comprise nodes connected via links that designate the relationships between nodes. But how can we discover which nodes are connected? And how can we learn about the nature of those connections? – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Lunar Landing: The 50 Year Anniversary – On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 crew members Commander Neil Armstrong and lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon. This mission was the fulfillment of the challenge President John F. Kennedy set for the nation in 1961 to land a man on the moon, and safely return him to Earth before the end of the decade. – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

NIH Director’s Blog

Subscribe to the NLM Technical Bulletin for the latest updates on NLM tools you may be using! The current issue recently highlighted updates to PubMed Labs involving the Library LinkOut using Outside Tool service, and the closure of NLM’s Specialized Information Services division.

NIH News in Health: The July 2019 issue is now available, featuring, “Beyond Games: Using Virtual Reality to Improve Health,” and, “Hypnosis for Health: Can Trances Work?” Other topics include testing your home for Radon, processed foods, and heart-healthy eating.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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

July 2019

PubMed for Librarians: Automatic Term Mapping – July 23, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Attend this class with the National Training Office (NTO) 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 allows you to effectively search PubMed with keywords. This course will also look at the explosion feature, what is and isn’t included in Search Details, and how to search for phrases in PubMed.

Promoting Public Health through the Public Library – July 25, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Richland Public Health and the Mansfield/Richland County Public Library have formed a unique partnership to improve the health and overall quality of life of Richland County community members through innovative health education and promotion programming. This webinar with the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) will feature an overview of three successful initiatives: The Health Information Kiosk program, The Free Blood Pressure Cuff Loan program and The Free Bike Loan program. Recommendations on how other health departments and their local library systems can pursue opportunities to collaborate will also be discussed.

From A(ddiction) to Z(its): Supporting Teens with Health Information – July 26, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Body image, identity, depression, sexuality, and stress are just some of the issues facing teens as they experience many physical and mental changes. When it comes to health issues they, their friends, or their family, may be experiencing, it is important that they have access to reliable health information. However, seeking that information can be difficult. This class with the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) will look at how social determinants of health affect teens, and how libraries, schools, and community organizations can support youth health literacy. Presenters will discuss health information resources for teens, best practices for answering difficult questions, and health-focused activities.

Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC): Disaster Health Literature – July 31, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – The core purpose of the Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) is to develop and provide access to health information resources and technology for disaster and public health emergency preparedness, response, and recovery. During a disaster, decisions are made quickly, based on the information available. This session with the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) will provide a brief overview of the essential resources needed to provide health-related information services for supporting disaster preparedness, response, and recovery workforce.

August 2019

ABCs of DNA: Unraveling the Mystery of Genetics Information for Consumers – August 1-31, 2019 – Consumers need access to information and resources about genetic information in an understandable manner. Librarians working with the public need to be aware of the issues surrounding genetics and resources to assist patrons in locating and evaluating sometimes complex and confusing information. Offered in collaboration by the Greater Midwest and Pacific Northwest Regions (GMR/PNR), this asynchronous online class provides an opportunity to become better equipped with the resources you need to address the genetic health information needs of your community. Participants are eligible for 8 MLA CE.

From Beyond our Borders: Providing Multilingual and Multicultural Health Information – August 5-30, 2019 – Join the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) for this asynchronous course that provides an overview of the current landscape of refugees, immigrants, asylees, and seasonal and migrant farm workers in the United States, and explores some of the unique health challenges that impact these population groups. This course will discuss culture, cultural competency and cultural humility, and reflect on how your organization is addressing these principles. An introduction to numerous health information websites will be provided that showcase where you can access resources in multiple languages. This class will help you think about ways your organization can develop programs and services to assist immigrants, refugees, asylees, and seasonal and migrant farm workers in your communities.

Graphic Public Health: Comics for Health Literacy, Health Promotion, and Advocacy – August 7, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Comics are uniquely suited for conveying health information in engaging, economical, and culturally sensitive ways. Graphic public health can also give voice to the people in our communities who are impacted by the policy and programmatic decisions made by public health officials. In this webinar sponsored by the New England Region (NER), Meredith Li-Vollmer from Public Health – Seattle & King County will share examples of how she has applied comics to health literacy, health promotion and advocacy for public health. She will also discuss aspects of the creative process of developing graphic public health.

Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library – August 12-September 9, 2019 – This hands-on, asynchronous class with the 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 leave equipped with knowledge of top consumer health sites, discuss creative ideas for health information outreach, and wrap up with an opportunity to explore effective marketing approaches and develop an elevator speech.

True North: Navigating Your Way to Freely Available Public Health Resources – August 14, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – This collaborative course covers concepts related to searching for freely available public health resources, reviewing resources for bias, and thinking outside-the-box for your search strategies. Join the National Public Health Coordinating Office (NPHCO) in this session for a review of pressing issues in public health.

Fostering Resilience in Older Adults – August 14, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – Resilience, the process of adapting well in the face of significant sources of distress, plays an increasingly important role in successful aging. Join this webinar with the South Central Region (SCR) to learn more about ways aging network providers and community partners can support older adults in problem solving, preparing for challenges and cultivating this essential component for well-being across the lifespan.

Collection Management for Healthy Communities – August 14, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Public library collections address many health-related needs and interests from which librarians and many others draw information in response to questions about disease, wellness, chronic conditions, prescription and non-prescription drugs, and therapies. To provide accurate and therefore valuable and correct support for these information needs, the print, media, and online collections on which your public library relies must be cultivated with new resources added and outdated ones weeded. This  webinar with the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) will provide library staff with support in identifying appropriate health and wellness resources for both the reference and circulating collections, and maintaining the public library’s health-related resources so that they offer your community the highest quality resources they need.

Understanding the Opioid Crisis: Where do I begin? – August 20, 1:30-2:30 PM ET – An estimated 1.9 million people in the U.S. have a prescription opioid use disorder, while another 586,000 have a heroin use disorder. This class with the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) will help you to understand what addiction and opioids are, and where you can find authoritative information to understand this complex epidemic. The National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health provide resources for both the general public and health professionals to learn about opioid abuse and overdose prevention and treatment options.

Copyright, Fair Use and Creative Commons: Allies in Educational Settings – August 21, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – Is copyright automatic? When is Fair Use, well, fair? Does a Creative Commons license grant unlimited use of the work? Determining whether you have the rights to use an article, image, video, or table can take some of the fun out of developing a presentation, class, or course. In this session with the Mid-Continental Region (MCR) you will be introduced to a practical framework for understanding what can and cannot be copyrighted, with some typical scenarios librarians and educators encounter. You will also learn about where and in what context Fair Use applies, the different types of Creative Commons licenses, and how those licenses can help minimize copyright risk.

*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:

POPLINE to retire on September 1, 2019 – POPLINE has been a valuable resource to the population, family planning, and reproductive health community for over 40 years.

Q&A with Melissa Adams, publisher of The Merck Manuals – For more than a century, The Merck Manuals have been a trusted source of information for health care providers and patients alike. Public Health Newswire spoke with Melissa Adams, publisher of The Merck Manuals, about how they’ve evolved over the years and the significance of making reliable medical information easily accessible for advancing public health.

Troubleshooting Systematic Reviews: Refining the Research Question – August 7, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – How do you judge when a scoping review rather than a systematic review is appropriate? What reference interview questions best help refine a research question for a feasible study? Join Margaret Foster, AHIP, and Sarah Jewell, co-editors of Assembling the Pieces of a Systematic Review: A Guide for Librarians, for the first of two webinars that address these and other troublesome questions that all librarians interested in consulting on systematic reviews will want to be able to answer. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

Apply now to host ‘Americans and the Holocaust’ traveling exhibition – The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) and the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office invite libraries to apply to host Americans and the Holocaust, a traveling exhibition that examines the motives, pressures and fears that shaped Americans’ responses to Nazism, war and genocide in Europe during the 1930s and 1940s. The special library exhibition — based on the exhibition at the USHMM in Washington, D.C. — will travel to 50 U.S. public and academic libraries from 2020 to 2022. Read the project guidelines and apply online by August 9.

2020 Symposium on the Future of Libraries – The Center for the Future of Libraries is accepting session proposals for this three-day symposium exploring the near-term trends already inspiring innovation in academic, public, school, and special libraries, and the longer-term trends that will help us adapt to the needs of our communities. The Symposium on the Future of Libraries is included with full registration for the 2020 ALA Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits. First review of proposals will begin July 15 – priority placement will be given to those proposals received by the first review date. The call for proposals will close on August 15.

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

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

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

Categories: RML Blogs

Weekly Postings

Fri, 2019-07-12 10:19

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

Spotlight

National Health Observances: Looking for tools and materials to promote the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or Summer Reading? 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.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

Why Wikipedia Matters for Health and Medical Information – The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is partnering with WebJunction to facilitate a 4-week online course for public librarians on Wikipedia health and medical information, to be offered this coming fall! Join us for a webinar on August 14 at 3:00 PM ET to learn more about the upcoming course, and the importance of improving health and medical information on Wikipedia.

We want your feedback! NNLM is reaching out to public library members to solicit feedback about the National Health Observances content being piloted by the NNLM All of Us National Program. The content, which includes program kits, posters, printer-ready handouts, and slides, is intended to raise awareness of select health observances and associated National Library of Medicine (NLM) resources. We invite you to take a short survey to provide us with feedback and recommendations for this project.

NLM/NIH News

The More Things Change… – Learn from Dr. Patricia Flatley Brennan about progress toward aligning NLM’s organizational structure with the goals and vision presented in the 2017-2027 Strategic Plan. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Exhibitions Connect: How Partners Bring NLM Health Information Resources to Communities Across America! – Librarians are the information superheroes of the 21stcentury. In today’s hyper-connected world, saturated with studies, reports, data, records, pictures, sponsored content, and even misinformation, librarians help us sort through it all and find the information that is meaningful, trustable, and that meets our needs. – NLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Making Exhibition Connections: St. Charles City-County Library – Libraries, museums, and organizations throughout the United States and across the world host National Library of Medicine traveling exhibitions. These sites plan and present enriching and engaging programs to connect their communities with the information in the exhibitions and with the wide variety of publicly-available NLM resources.Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

NIH Director’s Blog

Subscribe to the NLM Technical Bulletin for the latest updates on NLM tools you may be using! The current issue recently highlighted updates to PubMed Labs involving the Library LinkOut using Outside Tool service, and the closure of NLM’s Specialized Information Services division.

NIH News in Health: The July 2019 issue is now available, featuring, “Beyond Games: Using Virtual Reality to Improve Health,” and, “Hypnosis for Health: Can Trances Work?” Other topics include testing your home for Radon, processed foods, and heart-healthy eating.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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

July 2019

PubMed for Librarians: Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) – July 16, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Join the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) for this class to learn about the National Library of Medicine’s Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) database. This webinar will talk about the 4 different types of MeSH terms, how searchers can benefit from using MesH to build a search, the structure of the MeSH database, and look at the components of a MeSH record.

Making Sense of Numbers: Understanding Risks and Benefits – July 17, 1:30-3:00 PM ET – Numeracy literacy is not only a problem for individuals receiving health information but also for those providing information that contain numbers. This class with the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) is a basic introduction for anyone who wants to understand how to communicate health information that involves numeracy. Learn to communicate health statistics in clear and easy to understand language. In this 1.5 hour class, participants will also be introduced to several tools that will help in the development of educational materials.

Collection Management for Healthy Communities – July 17, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Public library collections address many health-related needs and interests from which librarians and many others draw information in response to questions about disease, wellness, chronic conditions, prescription and non-prescription drugs, and therapies. Sponsored by the Greater Midwest Region (GMR), this webinar will provide library staff with support in identifying appropriate health and wellness resources for both reference and circulating collections, and maintaining the public library’s health-related resources so that they offer your community the highest quality resources they need.

Data Management Education Needs: Identifying Signposts for Graduate Student Researchers – July 17, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – Join this webinar with the Mid-Continental Region (MCR) to learn about introducing graduate students to concepts in data management. Effectively managing research data is a skillset that graduate students need to acquire along their pathway to becoming competent researchers. Librarians can help guide learning by establishing instructional signposts for relevant data management concepts, including data sharing practices. To be effective, librarian guides need to be familiar with the knowledge and skill gaps of the novice researchers.

PubMed for Librarians: Automatic Term Mapping – July 23, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Attend this class with the National Training Office (NTO) 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 allows you to effectively search PubMed with keywords. This course will also look at the explosion feature, what is and isn’t included in Search Details, and how to search for phrases in PubMed.

Promoting Public Health through the Public Library – July 25, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Richland Public Health and the Mansfield/Richland County Public Library have formed a unique partnership to improve the health and overall quality of life of Richland County community members through innovative health education and promotion programming. This webinar with the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) will feature an overview of three successful initiatives: The Health Information Kiosk program, The Free Blood Pressure Cuff Loan program and The Free Bike Loan program. Recommendations on how other health departments and their local library systems can pursue opportunities to collaborate will also be discussed.

From A(ddiction) to Z(its): Supporting Teens with Health Information – July 26, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Body image, identity, depression, sexuality, and stress are just some of the issues facing teens as they experience many physical and mental changes. When it comes to health issues they, their friends, or their family, may be experiencing, it is important that they have access to reliable health information. However, seeking that information can be difficult. This class with the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) will look at how social determinants of health affect teens, and how libraries, schools, and community organizations can support youth health literacy. Presenters will discuss health information resources for teens, best practices for answering difficult questions, and health-focused activities.

Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC): Disaster Health Literature – July 31, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – The core purpose of the Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) is to develop and provide access to health information resources and technology for disaster and public health emergency preparedness, response, and recovery. During a disaster, decisions are made quickly, based on the information available. This session with the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) will provide a brief overview of the essential resources needed to provide health-related information services for supporting disaster preparedness, response, and recovery workforce.

August 2019

ABCs of DNA: Unraveling the Mystery of Genetics Information for Consumers – August 1-31, 2019 – Consumers need access to information and resources about genetic information in an understandable manner. Librarians working with the public need to be aware of the issues surrounding genetics and resources to assist patrons in locating and evaluating sometimes complex and confusing information. Offered in collaboration by the Greater Midwest and Pacific Northwest Regions (GMR/PNR), this asynchronous online class provides an opportunity to become better equipped with the resources you need to address the genetic health information needs of your community. Participants are eligible for 8 MLA CE.

From Beyond our Borders: Providing Multilingual and Multicultural Health Information – August 5-30, 2019 – Join the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) for this asynchronous course that provides an overview of the current landscape of refugees, immigrants, asylees, and seasonal and migrant farm workers in the United States, and explores some of the unique health challenges that impact these population groups. This course will discuss culture, cultural competency and cultural humility, and reflect on how your organization is addressing these principles. An introduction to numerous health information websites will be provided that showcase where you can access resources in multiple languages. This class will help you think about ways your organization can develop programs and services to assist immigrants, refugees, asylees, and seasonal and migrant farm workers in your communities.

Graphic Public Health: Comics for Health Literacy, Health Promotion, and Advocacy – August 7, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Comics are uniquely suited for conveying health information in engaging, economical, and culturally sensitive ways. Graphic public health can also give voice to the people in our communities who are impacted by the policy and programmatic decisions made by public health officials. In this webinar sponsored by the New England Region (NER), Meredith Li-Vollmer from Public Health – Seattle & King County will share examples of how she has applied comics to health literacy, health promotion and advocacy for public health. She will also discuss aspects of the creative process of developing graphic public health.

True North: Navigating Your Way to Freely Available Public Health Resources – August 14, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – This collaborative course covers concepts related to searching for freely available public health resources, reviewing resources for bias, and thinking outside-the-box for your search strategies. Join the National Public Health Coordinating Office (NPHCO) in this session for a review of pressing issues in public health.

Understanding the Opioid Crisis: Where do I begin? – August 20, 1:30-2:30 PM ET – An estimated 1.9 million people in the U.S. have a prescription opioid use disorder, while another 586,000 have a heroin use disorder. This class with the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) will help you to understand what addiction and opioids are, and where you can find authoritative information to understand this complex epidemic. The National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health provide resources for both the general public and health professionals to learn about opioid abuse and overdose prevention and treatment options.

Copyright, Fair Use and Creative Commons: Allies in Educational Settings – August 21, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – Is copyright automatic? When is Fair Use, well, fair? Does a Creative Commons license grant unlimited use of the work? Determining whether you have the rights to use an article, image, video, or table can take some of the fun out of developing a presentation, class, or course. In this session with the Mid-Continental Region (MCR) you will be introduced to a practical framework for understanding what can and cannot be copyrighted, with some typical scenarios librarians and educators encounter. You will also learn about where and in what context Fair Use applies, the different types of Creative Commons licenses, and how those licenses can help minimize copyright risk.

*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:

Who’s Leading the Leading Health Indicators? Mental Health – July 18, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Mental health is essential to a person’s well-being, healthy family and interpersonal relationships, and ability to live a full and productive life. People with untreated mental health disorders are at high risk for many unhealthy and unsafe behaviors — including alcohol and drug abuse, violent and self-destructive behavior, and suicide. Early diagnosis and treatment can decrease the disease burden of mental health disorders as well as associated chronic diseases. Addressing mental health is key to ensuring that all Americans can live longer, healthier lives. Sponsored by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP), this webinar will highlight the Zero Suicide initiative and its impact in state and federal sectors. You’ll also learn how the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, MI pioneered the precursor to the Zero Suicide initiative — Perfect Depression Care — to prevent suicide among their patients.

Achieving Environmental Justice in the 21st Century: The Way Forward – July 18, 1:00-2:30 PM ET – Join the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the National Environmental Health Partnership Council for a webinar tailored toward learning more about environmental justice, racism and the resources available to communities, practitioners and the public. The webinar will also highlight various partnerships working to create awareness and address racism and environmental justice.

Sewell Stipend – The Sewell Travel Award for Public Health (STAPH) Committee invites applications for 2019 Sewell Stipends to attend the APHA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA, November 2-6, 2019. The theme this year is “Creating the Healthiest Nation: For science. For equity. For action. For health.” Visit the APHA Annual Meeting Website for more information about the conference. Applications are welcome from all librarians who work with public health practitioners, students, staff, and faculty. Early-career librarians and librarians who are not members of the MLA Public Health/Health Administration section are welcome to apply. The application deadline is July 16, at midnight ET.

Apply now to host ‘Americans and the Holocaust’ traveling exhibition – The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) and the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office invite libraries to apply to host Americans and the Holocaust, a traveling exhibition that examines the motives, pressures and fears that shaped Americans’ responses to Nazism, war and genocide in Europe during the 1930s and 1940s. The special library exhibition — based on the exhibition at the USHMM in Washington, D.C. — will travel to 50 U.S. public and academic libraries from 2020 to 2022. Read the project guidelines and apply online by August 9.

2020 Symposium on the Future of Libraries – The Center for the Future of Libraries is accepting session proposals for this three-day symposium exploring the near-term trends already inspiring innovation in academic, public, school, and special libraries, and the longer-term trends that will help us adapt to the needs of our communities. The Symposium on the Future of Libraries is included with full registration for the 2020 ALA Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits. First review of proposals will begin July 15 – priority placement will be given to those proposals received by the first review date. The call for proposals will close on August 15.

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

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Spotlight

NIH News in Health: The July 2019 issue is now available, featuring, “Beyond Games: Using Virtual Reality to Improve Health,” and, “Hypnosis for Health: Can Trances Work?” Other topics include testing your home for Radon, processed foods, and heart-healthy eating.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

Happy Independence Day! The MAR offices will be closed July 4-5.

Why Wikipedia Matters for Health and Medical Information – The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is partnering with WebJunction to facilitate a 4-week online course for public librarians on Wikipedia health and medical information, to be offered this coming fall! Join us for a webinar on August 14 at 3:00 PM ET to learn more about the upcoming course, and the importance of improving health and medical information on Wikipedia.

In addition to MLA CE, some NNLM classes are beginning to offer CHES CECH. You may be asking, what is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES)? Do I qualify for these credits? If you’ve been considering a career in health education, learn more about this specialization from the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing’s Guide to Health Education Careers.

NLM/NIH News

Democratizing Information Access – NLM delivers scientific knowledge to the nation and to the world. Through MEDLINE and PubMed, we provide a platform for scientists and scholars to share their findings freely and a database that can be used by anyone to explore and discover biomedical and health information. It’s a sound investment of federal dollars; a boon to research; and a reliable resource for patients, families, and caregivers. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Seeking the Best—NLM’s Collection Development and Acquisition Section – When the National Library of Medicine needs to purchase new biomedical literature, chances are the Collection Development and Acquisitions Section is involved. – NLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Singing for the Fences – Dr. Francis Collins talks about his experience performing the Star-Spangled Banner in a major league ballpark. – NIH Director’s Blog

Subscribe to the NLM Technical Bulletin for the latest updates on NLM tools you may be using! The current issue recently highlighted changes to the NLM Collection Development Manual, which establishes boundaries for the Library’s permanent collection and provides a framework for the selection of biomedical materials.

HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects – The National Library of Medicine is pleased to announce the solicitation of proposals from organizations and libraries to design and conduct projects that will improve access to HIV/AIDS related health information for patients, the affected community, and their caregivers. Awards are offered for up to $50,000. The deadline to submit a proposal is July 12, 2:00 PM ET.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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

July 2019

From Beyond our Borders: Providing Multilingual and Multicultural Health Information – July 9, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – This one-hour webinar with The Greater Midwest and Middle Atlantic Regions (GMR/MAR) will provide a basic introduction to foreign-born populations. The presentation will start with some background data about immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. We’ll touch briefly on some health challenges and barriers to care that these population groups face and discuss how to integrate cultural competence and humility into your work. Finally, we’ll review the CDC’s Refugee Health Portals and the National Library of Medicine’s MedlinePlus, HealthReach, and Specialized Information Services resources. Participants are eligible for 1 MLA CE and 1 category-I contact hour for CHES/MCHES.

PubMed for Librarians: Introduction – July 9, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Join the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) for this synchronous, online class that includes hands-on exercises. Attend this class to learn about the difference between PubMed and MEDLINE, how to run a basic PubMed search, assess your search results, analyze search details, customize PubMed with My NCBI, and search for a known citation; plus, brief introductions to MeSH, automatic term mapping, search tags and subheadings.

Performing Arts Health: A Tale of Two Needs – July 10, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – Performing arts health is a budding area of medicine and research. Performing artists have long been focused solely on their craft, ignoring the potential implications to their hearing, vocal, musculoskeletal, and mental health that arise from playing music, dancing, acting, or other performance. Similarly, the medical profession has historically ignored the unique medical problems of performing artists, opting instead to treat them as something other than the endurance athletes that they are. In both instances, a strong case can be made for the need for high-quality health information. In this webinar with the South Central Region (SCR), speakers will discuss the historical problems, present situation, and future implications of informatics and performing arts health. 

RDM Solutions for Smaller Institutions – July 11, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Are you a trying to figure out how to incorporate RDM services at your smaller institution? Join the New England Region (NER) and guests from the Ryan Clement the Data Services Librarian at Middlebury College and Wendy Shook the Science Data Librarian, at Middlebury College, as they discuss research data management (RDM) services at a smaller liberal arts college. The webinar will introduce challenges and the innovative solutions as described in the paper “Team Based Data Management Instruction at Small Liberal Arts Colleges” and a case study from what is currently being done at Middlebury College and future plans.

PubMed for Librarians: Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) – July 16, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Join the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) for this class to learn about the National Library of Medicine’s Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) database. This webinar will talk about the 4 different types of MeSH terms, how searchers can benefit from using MesH to build a search, the structure of the MeSH database, and look at the components of a MeSH record.

Making Sense of Numbers: Understanding Risks and Benefits – July 17, 1:30-3:00 PM ET – Numeracy literacy is not only a problem for individuals receiving health information but also for those providing information that contain numbers. This class with the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) is a basic introduction for anyone who wants to understand how to communicate health information that involves numeracy. Learn to communicate health statistics in clear and easy to understand language. In this 1.5 hour class, participants will also be introduced to several tools that will help in the development of educational materials.

Collection Management for Healthy Communities – July 17, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Public library collections address many health-related needs and interests from which librarians and many others draw information in response to questions about disease, wellness, chronic conditions, prescription and non-prescription drugs, and therapies. Sponsored by the Greater Midwest Region (GMR), this webinar will provide library staff with support in identifying appropriate health and wellness resources for both reference and circulating collections, and maintaining the public library’s health-related resources so that they offer your community the highest quality resources they need.

Data Management Education Needs: Identifying Signposts for Graduate Student Researchers – July 17, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – Join this webinar with the Mid-Continental Region (MCR) to learn about introducing graduate students to concepts in data management. Effectively managing research data is a skillset that graduate students need to acquire along their pathway to becoming competent researchers. Librarians can help guide learning by establishing instructional signposts for relevant data management concepts, including data sharing practices. To be effective, librarian guides need to be familiar with the knowledge and skill gaps of the novice researchers.

Promoting Public Health through the Public Library – July 25, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Richland Public Health and the Mansfield/Richland County Public Library have formed a unique partnership to improve the health and overall quality of life of Richland County community members through innovative health education and promotion programming. This webinar with the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) will feature an overview of three successful initiatives: The Health Information Kiosk program, The Free Blood Pressure Cuff Loan program and The Free Bike Loan program. Recommendations on how other health departments and their local library systems can pursue opportunities to collaborate will also be discussed.

From A(ddiction) to Z(its): Supporting Teens with Health Information – July 26, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Body image, identity, depression, sexuality, and stress are just some of the issues facing teens as they experience many physical and mental changes. When it comes to health issues they, their friends, or their family, may be experiencing, it is important that they have access to reliable health information. However, seeking that information can be difficult. This class with the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) will look at how social determinants of health affect teens, and how libraries, schools, and community organizations can support youth health literacy. Presenters will discuss health information resources for teens, best practices for answering difficult questions, and health-focused activities.

Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC): Disaster Health Literature – July 31, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – The core purpose of the Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) is to develop and provide access to health information resources and technology for disaster and public health emergency preparedness, response, and recovery. During a disaster, decisions are made quickly, based on the information available. This session with the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) will provide a brief overview of the essential resources needed to provide health-related information services for supporting disaster preparedness, response, and recovery workforce.

August 2019

ABCs of DNA: Unraveling the Mystery of Genetics Information for Consumers – August 1-31, 2019 – Consumers need access to information and resources about genetic information in an understandable manner. Librarians working with the public need to be aware of the issues surrounding genetics and resources to assist patrons in locating and evaluating sometimes complex and confusing information. Offered in collaboration by the Greater Midwest and Pacific Northwest Regions (GMR/PNR), this asynchronous online class provides an opportunity to become better equipped with the resources you need to address the genetic health information needs of your community. Participants are eligible for 8 MLA CE.

From Beyond our Borders: Providing Multilingual and Multicultural Health Information – August 5-30, 2019 – Join the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) for this asynchronous course that provides an overview of the current landscape of refugees, immigrants, asylees, and seasonal and migrant farm workers in the United States, and explores some of the unique health challenges that impact these population groups. This course will discuss culture, cultural competency and cultural humility, and reflect on how your organization is addressing these principles. An introduction to numerous health information websites will be provided that showcase where you can access resources in multiple languages. This class will help you think about ways your organization can develop programs and services to assist immigrants, refugees, asylees, and seasonal and migrant farm workers in your communities.

Copyright, Fair Use and Creative Commons: Allies in Educational Settings – August 21, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – Is copyright automatic? When is Fair Use, well, fair? Does a Creative Commons license grant unlimited use of the work? Determining whether you have the rights to use an article, image, video, or table can take some of the fun out of developing a presentation, class, or course. In this session with the Mid-Continental Region (MCR) you will be introduced to a practical framework for understanding what can and cannot be copyrighted, with some typical scenarios librarians and educators encounter. You will also learn about where and in what context Fair Use applies, the different types of Creative Commons licenses, and how those licenses can help minimize copyright risk.

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

Other Items of Interest

Job posting: Digital Collections Librarian, Penn State University Libraries, University Park, PA

Want Kids to Learn the Joy of Reading? Barbershops and Laundromats Can Help – The New York Times

Improving Cultural Competency for Behavioral Health Professionals – On June 25, the HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) announced a new, free and accredited e-learning program: Improving Cultural Competency for Behavioral Health Professionals. The program is designed to develop behavioral health providers’ knowledge and skills related to culturally and linguistically appropriate services (CLAS). The tool is particularly timely for professionals working to address the opioid epidemic among racial and ethnic populations, which have low treatment rates and some of the highest rates of opioid misuse and overdose.

The PA Office of Commonwealth Libraries wants to know about your library events! Academic, public, school, and special libraries in Pennsylvania can use the PA library event form to promote breaking ground for a construction project; celebrating a library anniversary or milestone retirement; announcing a notable new service or program (e.g. MakerSpace opening, special PA Forward program or service, workforce development initiative, etc.); having a ribbon-cutting for a new building or renovated space; having an author or notable speaker visit; or holding an unusual or high-interest public program for youth or adults.

Getting Started with Interprofessional Education at Your Institution – July 11, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Develop the skills and knowledge that enable you to become involved with interprofessional education at your institution. Learn how to plan for success with an interprofessional education roadmap that addresses the core areas of librarian integration into interprofessional education–academic, clinical, and community engagement–and create an individualized action plan for IPEP involvement at your institution. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

Who’s Leading the Leading Health Indicators? Mental Health – July 18, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Mental health is essential to a person’s well-being, healthy family and interpersonal relationships, and ability to live a full and productive life. People with untreated mental health disorders are at high risk for many unhealthy and unsafe behaviors — including alcohol and drug abuse, violent and self-destructive behavior, and suicide. Early diagnosis and treatment can decrease the disease burden of mental health disorders as well as associated chronic diseases. Addressing mental health is key to ensuring that all Americans can live longer, healthier lives. Sponsored by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP), this webinar will highlight the Zero Suicide initiative and its impact in state and federal sectors. You’ll also learn how the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, MI pioneered the precursor to the Zero Suicide initiative — Perfect Depression Care — to prevent suicide among their patients.

Sewell Stipend – The Sewell Travel Award for Public Health (STAPH) Committee invites applications for 2019 Sewell Stipends to attend the APHA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA, November 2-6, 2019. The theme this year is “Creating the Healthiest Nation: For science. For equity. For action. For health.” Visit the APHA Annual Meeting Website for more information about the conference. Applications are welcome from all librarians who work with public health practitioners, students, staff, and faculty. Early-career librarians and librarians who are not members of the MLA Public Health/Health Administration section are welcome to apply. The application deadline is Tuesday, July 16, at midnight ET.

2020 Symposium on the Future of Libraries – The Center for the Future of Libraries is accepting session proposals for this three-day symposium exploring the near-term trends already inspiring innovation in academic, public, school, and special libraries, and the longer-term trends that will help us adapt to the needs of our communities. The Symposium on the Future of Libraries is included with full registration for the 2020 ALA Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits. First review of proposals will begin July 15 – priority placement will be given to those proposals received by the first review date. The call for proposals will close on August 15.

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

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