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Weekly Postings

Fri, 2018-02-16 10:32

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

Spotlight

Member Highlights: North Pocono Public Library, Moscow, PA – learn about this library’s community education series designed to address difficult life planning decisions. Is your organization working on a similar project? Tell us about it! NNLM MAR is always interested in learning about health outreach activities that are happening in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Delaware.

Weekly Funding Tips: Funding Tip 1- Talk it through – through mid-April, NNLM MAR will offer weekly tips for members who intend to apply for our next round of funding. In just a few weeks we will announce opportunities to apply for projects starting May 15, 2018. Contact us to set up a consultation!

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

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

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

DataFlash: Data Horror Stories – The Dragonfly, News from the Northwest and Beyond, by PNR

Racial Disparity Before, During and After Pregnancy: Part 1 and Part 2 of 6 – Blogadillo, News from SCR

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

NLM/NIH News

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) are co-hosting a Twitter chat to discuss Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) on Tuesday, February 20, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET. Follow #NIMHchats to join the conversation.

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

Images of Coretta Scott King Grace the Library of MedicineNLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

NIH Director’s Blog

The Young at HeartCirculating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

New NIH Wellness Toolkits: NIH Your Healthiest Self: Wellness Toolkits feature science-based health tips in five different areas: Your Surroundings; Your Feelings; Your Body; Your Relationships; and Your Disease Defense. Each area has checklists of tips you can print for yourself or share with others. The wellness toolkits also link to dozens of NIH resources, fact sheets, and articles for more information.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other Items of Interest

Resources to help children in the wake of a school shooting – Child Trends, doing research to improve the lives of children and youth, since 1979

Job Postings:

Rural Food Access Toolkit: this toolkit from the Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub) compiles evidence-based and promising models and resources to support organizations implementing food access programs in rural communities across the United States.

AHRQ Stands Ready To Assist Secretary Azar in the Fight Against Opioid Epidemic – AHRQ Views

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

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Funding Tip 1 – Talk it through

Thu, 2018-02-15 03:02

Introducing a new service from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region – weekly funding tips will run from now until the middle of April. The first week of March, NNLM MAR will announce a new round of funding up to $19,000 for health information awareness and outreach projects in NY, NJ, PA and DE. Once we announce, you will have just a few weeks to submit an application.

Now is the time to think about how you could increase knowledge of National Library of Medicine and other reliable sources amongst your co-workers, students, community partners, professional organization, or clients/patients/patrons.

This week’s tip: Talk it through! Now is the time to talk to potential stakeholders, such as:

  • Community members who will participate in and benefit from your project
  • People who serve the community you are trying to reach, such as teachers, health care providers, or volunteers in health care organizations
  • Outreach project staff, who will want to be sure that investment of their time will be effective and worthwhile
  • Managers who oversee the staff who are directly involved with the project and want to use their human resources wisely
  • Leaders of partnering community-based organizations, who will want to make sure their participation or endorsement of your project reflects positively on the organization

Source: Getting Started with Community Outreach (NNLM Evaluation Office)

Do you know who else you should talk to? NNLM MAR staff! We are experts in resources for all populations and can provide guidance in turning your ideas into a fund-worthy project. Contact nnlmmar@pitt.edu to set up a consultation.

Potential internal and external partners and your supervisor to start formulating ideas and get buy-in.

 

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Member Highlights: North Pocono Public Library, Moscow, PA

Tue, 2018-02-13 10:19

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.

Life Planning Series

This community education series is designed to address difficult life planning decisions such as funeral arrangements and budgeting, important legal documents, and palliative and supportive care for the elderly. It is targeted at mid-life individuals caring for parents or older family members, older people who would like to be proactive in their planning, or mid-life individuals who would like to proactively plan for their future so as not to burden their own families. The Library is offering one session per month from January through April, 2018.

To create this free educational series, the North Pocono Public Library partnered with a local funeral director and monument park, the Lackawanna County Area Office of the Aging, Hospice of the Sacred Heart, and a local Attorney on Elder Care Law through the Lackawanna Pro Bono Office.

Flyer for the Life Planning Series

Flyer for the Life Planning Series

Want to learn more about this project? Visit the North Pocono Public Library Website or contact Susan Jeffery, Library Director, via email: susanjeffery@albright.org or telephone: (570) 842-4700.

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Weekly Postings

Fri, 2018-02-09 12:27

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

Spotlight

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

Member Highlights: Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County, Rochester, NY – Learn about the ongoing outreach efforts of Central Library as they strive to eliminate resource barriers in their community. Is your organization working on a similar project? Tell us about it! NNLM MAR is always interested in learning about health outreach activities that are happening in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Delaware.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

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

NNLM is partnering with the Public Library Association (PLA) to present a full-day preconference in conjunction with PLA 2018 in Philadelphia, PA. This preconference will review core competencies of providing health and wellness services, coach you through understanding your community’s needs, and explore how to create fun and informative health-related programming for different age groups and special populations. Details.

Promoting Healthy Communities: as part of our joint consumer health initiative with the Public Library Association, we are encouraging network members to submit a brief write-up about their health and wellness programs to ALA’s Programming Librarian website, so that others may benefit from your success! Learn more about this opportunity.

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

Love Data Week and Endangered Data Week in February – SEA Currents

New on YouTube: Moving from Data to Health Equity Action: County Health Rankings and Roadmaps, January 10, 2018

NLM/NIH News

The Office of Minority Health and the American Heart Association will be hosting a Twitter chat on February 14, focusing on African American heart health. Follow #LoveYourHeartChat from 2-3 PM ET and join the conversation!

Reflections on Patient- and Family-Centered CareNLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

NIH Director’s Blog

An Anatomical Essay on the Movement of the HeartCirculating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

Medication Reference Terminology (MED-RT) Webinars Available NowNLM Technical Bulletin, Your Source for the Latest Searching Information

Check out the February 2018 issue of NIH News in Health, featuring, “The Power of Pets: Health Benefits of Human-Animal Interactions,” and, “The Problem That Piles Up: When Hoarding Is a Disorder.” Other topics for February include unexplained cases of allergic reactions linked to red meat, how to find a cancer doctor, and bullying prevention.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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

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

Insider’s Guide to Accessing NLM Data: Welcome to E-utilities for PubMed – February 13, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Join NLM for this introductory webinar designed to teach you more powerful and flexible ways of accessing NLM data, starting with the Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) for PubMed and other NCBI databases. This class will start with the very basics of APIs, before showing you how to get started using the E-utilities API to search and retrieve records from PubMed. The class will also showcase some specific tools and utilities that information specialists can use to work with E-utilities, helping to prepare you for subsequent Insider’s Guide classes. Participants will finish by looking at some practical examples of E-utilities in the real world.

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

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

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

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

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

Other Items of Interest

Job Postings:

AHRQ’s EvidenceNOW Initiative: Reducing Primary Care Patients’ Risk of Heart Attacks – AHRQ Views

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Presents a New Strategic Plan for 2018-2022: Vision Will Focus on Advancing Museums, Libraries, and Their Communities

Communicating About Opioids in Appalachia: Open and honest communication about community-level opioid use is one part of finding solutions, according to a new report issued by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The report shares findings from interviews and focus groups in 12 largely rural states of the ARC region conducted by Oak Ridge Associated Universities. Stigma, experienced even years after recovery from opioid use, was reported as a common challenge among interview subjects along with lack of options for treatment. But the researchers were also able to uncover hidden challenges unique to these communities, including an expectation of privacy that keeps neighbors and friends from intervening; lack of opportunity, especially for younger people; and misunderstandings about prevention efforts and the risk of prescription medication for pain. The report outlines successful strategies for communicating about opioid use with messages that specifically target individuals suffering from addiction, family and caregivers, and the broader community.

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

Health Information for Public Librarians Symposium – Funding Available!

Thu, 2018-02-08 07:00

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

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

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

Apply for a stipend online using our online application form. For first consideration, please apply by March 1, 2018. If you have any questions about the symposium or concerns about sufficient funding, please contact Veronica Leigh Milliner (Community Engagement Coordinator – NNLM MAR) at VLM38@pitt.edu.

Categories: RML Blogs

Member Highlights: Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County, Rochester, NY

Wed, 2018-02-07 10:00

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.

Library Resource Outreach Center / Health Central Health Central office space

Health Central office space

Homelessness is a public health issue according to the CDC. Central is the daytime shelter for Rochester’s homeless. In response, Central created the Library Resource Outreach Center (LROC) and Health Central (HC); no eligibility standards, no appointments necessary. LROC is a collaboration between the library and human service agencies to assist the homeless, those in danger of becoming homeless, those in need of access to resources including housing, food, clothing, shelter, income, case management, legal assistance, or employment. HC provides screenings, referrals to free clinics, flu vaccines, and dental care. Both strive to eliminate or lessen barriers to other services.

To complete this project, the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County partnered with Rochester Regional Health Care, the University of Rochester School of Medicine, Person Centered Housing Options, MC Collaborative, the Volunteer Legal Services Project, as well as volunteers and student interns from a variety of local colleges and universities who are studying social work or public health.

LROC and HC flyers promoting health and other services

LROC brochure in Spanish, and HC flyer introducing Nurse Barb

Want to learn more about this project? Visit the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County website, read the featured article, “Homeless find warmth, dental care at Central Library” from the Democrat & Chronicle, Part of the USA Today Network, or Contact Jennifer Byrnes, Division Head of Science & History at the Central Library via email: jennifer.byrnes@libraryweb.org or telephone: (585) 428-8102.

 

Categories: RML Blogs

Wednesday: How to Run an NCBI-Style Hackathon at Your Institution

Mon, 2018-02-05 17:19

Coming up this week on Wednesday, February 7, 2018, NCBI will present a webinar that will show you how to plan and run an NCBI-style hackathon at your own institution!

NCBI organizes 2-3-day hackathons at sites throughout the United States. In these events, participants work in small collaborative groups on workflows, scripts or applications to create bioinformatic solutions to problems in fields such as text mining, next-gen sequence analysis, medical informatics, and many others. Code from Hackathon projects is available on the public NCBI Hackathon GitHub site. This hour-long webinar will show you how to plan and run an NCBI-Style Hackathon at your own institution.

Date & time: Wed, Feb 7, 2018 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about attending the webinar. A few days after the live presentation, you can view the recording on the NCBI YouTube channel. You can learn about future webinars on the Webinars and Courses page.

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Weekly Postings

Fri, 2018-02-02 10:00

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

Spotlight

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

Dr. Matthew Lin, Director of the Office of Minority Health, announced earlier this week the 2018 theme for National Minority Health Month: Partnering for Health Equity. Stay tuned for more details about how you can get involved in #NMHM18!

It’s National Wear Red Day®! Did your organization participate by wearing red, or offer a program to raise awareness about heart disease being the number 1 killer of women? Tell us about it! NNLM MAR is always interested in learning about health outreach projects and activities that are happening in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Delaware.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is partnering with the Public Library Association (PLA) to present a full-day preconference in conjunction with PLA 2018 in Philadelphia, PA. This preconference will review core competencies of providing health and wellness services, coach you through understanding your community’s needs, and explore how to create fun and informative health-related programming for different age groups and special populations. Details.

Promoting Healthy Communities: as part of our joint consumer health initiative with the Public Library Association, we are encouraging network members to submit a brief write-up about their health and wellness programs to ALA’s Programming Librarian website, so that others may benefit from your success! Learn more about this opportunity.

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

DataFlash: Electronic Lab Notebooks – The Dragonfly, News from the Northwest and Beyond, by PNR

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day — February 7, 2018 – SEA Currents

New on YouTube: Moving from Data to Health Equity Action: County Health Rankings and Roadmaps, January 10, 2018

NLM/NIH News

All of Us Research Program Seeking “Use Cases” Describing Research Questions: the All of Us Research Program is reaching out to prospective researchers, community organizations, and citizen scientists for ideas on research questions that the program could help answer. Submit your ideas to provide information for the All of Us Research Priorities Workshop, coming up on March 21–23, 2018.

Connecting Computing Research with National PrioritiesNLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Want to do more with PubMed?NLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

New ‘Liquid Biopsy’ Shows Early Promise in Detecting CancerNIH Director’s Blog

Collecting Data about Tuberculosis, ca. 1900Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

NLM Classification 2018 Winter Edition Now AvailableNLM Technical Bulletin, Your Source for the Latest Searching Information

PubMed Commons to be DiscontinuedNCBI Insights, Providing Insights into NCBI Resources and the Science Behind Them

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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

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

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

Learning to Liaise with Health Professions – February 7, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Health professions programs are growing rapidly and in numerous disciplines, each with their own distinct standards and cultures of practice. Sponsored by MAR, this webinar will explore various health professions and educational environments, such as community colleges, hospitals, universities, and more. Next, the course will focus on how educational standards for health professions inform library instruction, research support, and collection services. The instructors will share best practices for working with health professions from the literature and personal experience; participants will also be able to provide feedback and share their experiences.

Managerial Perspectives on the Role of Public Libraries in Disaster Response – February 8, 1:30-2:30 PM ET – Michal Linder Zarankin, PhD, adjunct faculty at Virginia Tech, will discuss managers’ perceptions of how their public service organizations can support their communities in disaster response. For this webinar, she will focus on public libraries. Participants are eligible for 1 MLA CE.

In-person opportunity! PubMed and Beyond: Clinical Resources from the National Library of Medicine – February 12, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – Taught by an experienced medical librarian, this in-person class at Lincoln University (PA) will introduce free bedside information resources for the busy clinician. Resources presented will include Clinical Queries in PubMed/MEDLINE and free drug, patient education, and evidence-based information. Participants are eligible for 3 MLA CE.

Insider’s Guide to Accessing NLM Data: Welcome to E-utilities for PubMed – February 13, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Join NLM for this introductory webinar designed to teach you more powerful and flexible ways of accessing NLM data, starting with the Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) for PubMed and other NCBI databases. This class will start with the very basics of APIs, before showing you how to get started using the E-utilities API to search and retrieve records from PubMed. The class will also showcase some specific tools and utilities that information specialists can use to work with E-utilities, helping to prepare you for subsequent Insider’s Guide classes. Participants will finish by looking at some practical examples of E-utilities in the real world.

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

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

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

Other Items of Interest

HSLS Receives Funding Under National Partnership With the NIH All of Us Research ProgramLibrary Insider, University of Pittsburgh’s University Times

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

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