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Library and Information Science Student Outreach Award – Apply to attend ALA MidWinter!

Tue, 2019-11-12 16:59

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region, is pleased to offer funding for up to five current Library and Information Science students to attend ALA MidWinter.

The purpose of this award is to increase exposure to health sciences librarianship and information outreach among Library and Information Sciences students, especially from underrepresented groups.

The award provides funding for students to attend the ALA Midwinter Conference in January 2020 and participate in meetings, the National Library of Medicine exhibit booth and other activities designed for them to learn about health information outreach and the All of Us Research Program.


Library and Information Science (LIS) students residing in and currently attending an ALA-accredited Library or Information Sciences program located in the Middle Atlantic Region (Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania) are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to applicants who identify as American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Middle Eastern/North African, and/or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander or who have disabilities.

Amount: Up to $2,500

Number of Awards Available: 5

Application Deadline: Thursday, December 5, 2019 – 4:30 PM ET

Details and application available from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region.

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Meet the new Community Engagement Coordinator

Wed, 2019-10-30 05:00
Tess Wilson

Tess Wilson

Hi, everyone! My name is Tess Wilson, and I am thrilled to join the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region team as the Community Engagement Coordinator, serving NY, NJ, DE, and PA. I work with NNLM MAR Health Programming Coordinator Michael Balkenhol to support public libraries through training and funding. I also support hospitals, nonprofits, and other organizations that partner with public libraries and spread awareness of the All of Us Research Program throughout our region. In addition, I look forward to pursuing citizen science and digital literacy initiatives through an NLM lens!

While I currently live in the hills of Pittsburgh, PA, I’m originally from the Kansas prairie! During my undergraduate studies, I worked in the Mabee Library at Washburn University. I had several jobs in the library, beginning at the circulation desk and ending with an archival internship. After graduating, I moved to Pittsburgh to attend Chatham University’s Master of Fine Arts program. My focus was in poetry and publication, and I had the extraordinary opportunity to teach writing classes in underserved populations, including those at the Allegheny County Jail. After I finished this program, I served a year at Reading is Fundamental through AmeriCorps, and worked as a trainer with the Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern PA.

The library roots had taken hold early, however, and I eventually returned to the profession when I earned my MLIS at the University of Pittsburgh. While there, I was a research assistant for the Youth Data Literacy Project, an ALA Emerging Leader, and served as a Civic Information Services intern at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (CLP). My most recent position was that of an Outreach Librarian at the CLP Office of Programs and Partnerships. I remain passionate about supporting underserved communities, addressing issues of privacy/surveillance, and advocating for intellectual freedom.

Planting a tree on the riverfront in Pittsburgh, PA

Outside my work in libraries, I stay active in the outdoor adventure community. I have a small dog that loves to join me on hikes and camping trips, and I’m getting back into the swing of kayaking after a long break! Pittsburgh is rich with environmental conservation efforts, so I lend a hand with as many tree plantings and stream sweeps as I can, and volunteer as an Urban Eco-Steward for Frick Park.

My reading interests vary widely, but I’m currently reading a fascinating book about linguistics in the digital age! I’m always in the middle of at least one vintage sci-fi trade paperback, and I can’t seem to go anywhere without a podcast queued up.

Please feel free to reach out to me with questions or ideas via email:

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Explore Health Literacy with the NNLM Reading Club

Wed, 2019-10-02 17:29

Because it can be challenging to find a compatible health provider, choose health insurance coverage, or understand medical terms, organizations have been observing October as Health Literacy Month since 1999. It is a time to bring attention to the importance of making health information easy to understand and making the health care system easier to navigate. But you don’t have to wait until October! Any time is a good time to become a more informed health consumer.

When it comes to your health, you are your own best advocate. The NNLM Reading Club has selected three books to help you become more knowledgeable and informed.

  • An American Sickness by Elisabeth Rosenthal
  • How to be a Patient by Sana Goldberg, RN
  • Well: What We Need to Talk About When We Talk About Health by Sandro Galea

three book club selections for health literacy

To learn more about each of these titles, download book discussion guides, promotional materials and corresponding health information resources, or to apply for a free NNLM Reading Club Book kit, visit the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network’s Book Selections and Health Resources: Health Information guide.

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Explore Healthy Aging with the NNLM Reading Club

Tue, 2019-09-03 11:23


The NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network has announced three book selections in support of Healthy Aging.

  • Women Rowing North by Mary Pipher
  • Elderhood by Louise Aronson
  • The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 ¼ Years Old by Hendrik Groen

three book covers

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, all baby boomers will be older than age 65 by 2030. This will expand the size of the older population so that 1 in every 5 persons will be a senior. How can you successfully navigate the advancing years? Practice healthy aging:

  • Be physically active
  • Make smart food choices
  • Get regular health screenings
  • Participate in activities you enjoy

During September – or any month – help get the conversation started in support of healthy aging. Choose one of the three NNLM Reading club books, download the discussion guide, and share health information and programming, or apply for a free NNLM Reading Club Book Kit!

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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.

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