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NNLM SEA Digest News – February 15, 2019

Fri, 2019-02-15 09:52

Welcome to the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), Southeastern/Atlantic (SEA) Region’s Weekly Digest. This digest includes upcoming events, online training opportunities, news, and past events.  

NNLM News

Upcoming Online Training Opportunities*

Moodle LMS Asynchronous Course Opportunity

Webinars February 19

Webinars February 20

Webinars February 21

Visit the NNLM Training Schedule for all upcoming webinars, scheduled, and on-demand classes. For past webinars and classes, please visit the NNLM on YouTube**

National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Library of Medicine (NLM), and National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) News

NIH News

NLM News

NCBI Insights

NNLM SEA Communications

* Notes on NNLM Training Opportunities

  • All sessions listed are sponsored by a specific regional or national office, but open to all.
  • Webinars are scheduled for 1 hour unless otherwise noted.
  • The NNLM class registration system requires a free NNLM account prior to registration.
  • Visit the NNLM Training Opportunities to register and view a full calendar of training opportunities.
  • Please visit the NNLM Acronym Guide to understand the acronyms.
  • Refer to this guide to claim MLA CE credit.
  • Not all Training Opportunities listed provide MLA CE credit. Please refer to the class page to see if a specific session offers credit.

** Please note that NNLM recordings on YouTube may not have MLA CE Credit available. Please contact the regional office that sponsored the webinar for details.

 

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Resources For Your Heart Health

Thu, 2019-02-14 14:32


While we all love receiving flowers and chocolates, Valentine’s Day is also the perfect time to learn about your risk for heart disease and the steps you need to take now to help your heart.

In this post, we are featuring articles and resources that raise awareness, provide trusted information, and inspire you and your community take the first steps in a heart-healthy lifestyle.

Heart Disease: It Can Happen at Any Age

Heart disease doesn’t happen just to older adults. It is happening to younger adults more and more often. Learn risk factors for heart disease and ways to take control of your heart health with information from the CDC.

How to Prevent Heart Disease

Explore this resource page from MedlinePlus for trusted information and easy-to-read materials on diagnosis, prevention, and adapting a heart-healthy lifestyle.

Heart Health and Aging

People age 65 and older are much more likely to suffer a heart attack, have a stroke, or develop heart disease. Learn about prevention and how to implement your own heart-healthy lifestyle with the National Institute on Aging.

Go Red For Women

The more a woman knows about heart disease, the better chance she has of beating it. Go Red For Women, an initiative of the American Heart Association, inspires women to make lifestyle changes, mobilize communities and shape policies to save lives.

Matters of the Heart

Hear from Dr. Patti Brennan, Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine, on NLM’s active role in advancing knowledge about the preservation, diagnosis, and treatment of heart disease and cardiovascular problems.

Eating Red Meat Daily Triples Heart Disease-Related Chemical

Compared to people eating diets rich in white meat or plant-based protein, those who eat a diet rich in red meat had triple the levels of a chemical linked to heart disease. Learn more about the link between red meat and heart disease from the National Institutes of Health.

Study helps solve mystery of how sleep protects against heart disease

Are you getting in a full eight hours of sleep? Researchers say they are closer to solving the mystery of how a good night’s sleep protects against heart disease. Read more about the study and sleep’s effect on heart health in this article from NIH.

What are you doing to improve heart health in your life and community? If you would like to share any stories or pictures from heart health events at your organization, please email Liz Waltman or connect with us on social media @NNLMSEA.

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Upcoming Webinar Series: PubMed for Librarians

Thu, 2019-02-14 10:24

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine is offering a series of 5, free, online CE webinars (WebEx) called PubMed for Librarians (PML). All classes are 90 minutes and include hands-on work. Take one or more (or all) of the classes!

All times are Eastern (please adjust for your time zone).
Follow the links below to register.

PubMed for Librarians: Introduction to PubMed
March 26, 2019
2PM – 3:30 ET
https://nnlm.gov/class/pubmed-librarians-introduction/9430

PubMed for Librarians: MeSH
April 2, 2019
2PM – 3:30 ET
https://nnlm.gov/class/pubmed-librarians-mesh/9433

PubMed for Librarians: ATM
April 9, 2019
2PM – 3:30 ET
https://nnlm.gov/class/pubmed-librarians-automatic-term-mapping/9434

PubMed for Librarians: Building
April 16, 2019
2PM – 3:30 ET
https://nnlm.gov/class/pubmed-librarians-building-and-refining-search/9435

PubMed for Librarians: EBM
April 23, 2019
2PM – 3:30 ET
https://nnlm.gov/class/pubmed-librarians-using-evidence-based-search-features/9436

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NNLM SEA Seeks Applications to Fund 2019-2020 Projects

Wed, 2019-02-13 13:49

The National Network of Library of Medicine (NNLM), Southeastern Atlantic Region (SEA) invites applications for health information outreach and programming projects.

The mission of the NNLM is to advance the progress of medicine, improve public health by providing U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information, and improve individuals’ access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health. Under a cooperative agreement with the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL) serves as the Regional Medical Library for NNLM SEA.

  • Period of Performance: May 1, 2019 – April 30, 2020
  • Application Due Date: April 5, 2019 11:59 PM ET

Eligibility: Network member organizations in the Southeastern/Atlantic Region (AL, DC, GA, FL, MD, MS, NC, PR, SC, TN, VA, WV, and the USVI) are eligible to apply. Membership is free and open to libraries of all type, community-based organizations, clinics, public health departments, and other organizations that provide or distribute health information.

Awards to NNLM SEA member organizations help advance the goals of the NLM Strategic Plan and help the NNLM achieve two National Network Performance Measures:

  • Engage Network members in carrying out the mission of the NNLM.
  • Maintain a robust outreach and education program reaching the region’s communities and responsive to their needs.

Available awards include:

Professional Development: To enable individuals at SE/A Network member institutions to expand professional knowledge and experience to provide improved health information access to healthcare providers and consumers.

Amount: Up to $2,000

Exhibitor Award: Funding for exhibits at state and/or local meetings of health professionals, information professionals and health consumers. It provides an opportunity to promote NLM products, NNLM programs or SEA member libraries to target populations. Funding covers registration and booth fees, travel and per diems, communication costs, and equipment rental if needed and associated costs for the exhibit.

Amount: Up to $2000

All of Us Community Engagement Exhibits: Funding for exhibits at state and/or local meetings of health professionals, information professionals and health consumers. It provides an opportunity to promote the All of Us Program, NLM products, NNLM programs or SEA member libraries to target populations. Funding covers registration and booth fees, travel and per diems, communication costs, and equipment rental if needed and associated costs for the exhibit.

Amount: Up to $2,000

All of Us Community Engagement Project: Projects to support public libraries and organizations who develop programming for public libraries that involve information and education about the NIH All of Us Research program and health information literacy.

Amount: Up to $15,000

Health Information Outreach: Projects directed at improving health information literacy and/or ensuring that healthcare consumers are aware of, and have access to, high quality electronic information resources; or directed at improving use of quality health information resources by health professionals, including colleges, and universities.

Amount: Up to $15,000

Express Health Information Outreach: Projects directed at improving health information literacy and/or ensuring that healthcare consumers are aware of, and have access to, high quality electronic information resources; or directed at improving use of quality health information resources by health professionals, including colleges, and universities.

Amount: Up to $5,000

Medical Library Project: Projects should strengthen the involvement of health sciences/medical librarians within their institution and/or community–to promote involvement in institution-wide health information initiatives and stimulate collaboration within the organization to address local health information problems.

Amount: Up to $15,000

Express Library Project: Projects should strengthen the involvement of librarians within their institution and/or community–to promote involvement in institution-wide health information initiatives and stimulate collaboration within the organization to address local health information problems.

Amount: Up to $5,000

Technology Improvement: To enhance the capacity of a library or organization to offer electronic health information services by supporting the purchase, installation, and/or upgrading of hardware and software.

Amount: Up to $15,000

Express Technology Improvement: To enhance the capacity of a library or organization to offer electronic health information services by supporting the purchase, installation, and/or upgrading of hardware and software.

Amount: Up to $5,000

Research Data Management Project Award: To provide support for projects that strengthen and promote the library’s involvement in biomedical discovery and data-powered health.

Amount: $19,000

Details for these awards are available on the SEA Funding Opportunities page. All award proposals are accepted via an online form linked from the award description. Please read the description/requirements of the award and the evaluation criteria. Some awards are eligible for IDC, and all funds must be spent by April 30, 2020.

NNLM SEA staff are available for consultation and training on applicable NLM resources and potential projects. Someone will respond within three business days. Additionally, we invite you to attend an upcoming webinar on February 25, 2019 at 12:30 PM ET to learn more about these awards and the application process.

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A Look Back: African Americans in Medical History

Tue, 2019-02-12 09:37

Through its Exhibition Program, the National Library of Medicine provides traveling banners free of charge to public, university, and medical libraries, as well as cultural centers across the country. These exhibitions, along with their corresponding online resources, seek to stimulate people’s enthusiasm for history and encourage visitors of all ages to learn more about themselves and their communities.

In celebration of Black History Month, we take a closer look at three traveling exhibitions on display during February that explore the role of African Americans in medicine throughout our history.

Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine Contraband who served with the 13th Massachusetts Infantry

Contraband who served with the 13th Massachusetts Infantry
c. 1863-1865

Many histories have been written about medical care during the American Civil War, but the participation and contributions of African Americans as nurses, surgeons and hospital workers have often been overlooked. Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine looks at the men and women who served as surgeons and nurses and how their work as medical providers challenged the prescribed notions of race and gender.

Educational Materials: Binding Wounds and Pushing Boundaries provides free instructional resources for educators in K-12 as well as in higher education institutions. Lesson plans and activities include an in-depth study of African American medical personnel in the U.S. Civil War, course material on understanding medical practice in the mid-nineteenth century and medical challenges generated by the war, review of primary source documents, and suggestions for additional readings and resources.

Visiting the Exhibit: The Binding Wounds exhibit is currently being hosted by two libraries –

  • University of Colorado Boulder Libraries – Boulder, Colorado
  • Virginia Commonwealth University, Tompkins-McCaw Library – Richmond, Virginia

Catch the exhibit in both locations now through March 16!

Fire and Freedom: Food and Enslavement in Early America

 

 Food and Enslavement in Early America

Fire and Freedom: Food and Enslavement in Early America looks at the Chesapeake region, where European settlers relied upon indentured servants, Native Americans, and African slave labor for life-saving knowledge of farming and food acquisition, and to gain economic prosperity. By examining the labor of slaves and food practices of the time, including those at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, the exhibition explores how power was exchanged between and among different peoples, races, genders, and classes during the early colonial era.

Educational Materials: Fire and Freedom: Food and Enslavement in Early America offers free classroom resources for K-12 and undergraduate educators and their students. These resources serve as templates for examining foodways with the historical context of European settlement and slavery during early America. Lesson plans and online materials include recipes, primary source documents, suggested readings, and a digital gallery featuring historical images from the National Library of Medicine.

Visiting the Exhibit: The Fire and Freedom exhibit is currently being hosted by two libraries –

  • Tarrant County College, Judith J. Carrier Library – Arlington, Texas
  • Samuel Merritt University, John A. Graziano Memorial Library – Oakland, California

Catch the exhibit in both locations now through March 2!

Opening Doors: Contemporary African American Academic Surgeons Surgeons perform a hernia operation at Provident Hospital, 1941.

Surgeons perform a hernia operation at Provident Hospital, 1941.

African Americans have always practiced medicine, whether as physicians, healers, midwives, or “root doctors.” Early black pioneer physicians not only became skilled practitioners, they became trailblazers and educators paving the way for future physicians, surgeons, and nurses, and opening doors to better health care for the African American community. Opening Doors: Contemporary African American Academic Surgeons recognizes the achievements of these pioneers by examining this long tradition and highlighting contemporary surgeons and educators who exemplify excellence in their fields.

Educational Materials: Opening Doors: Contemporary African American Academic Surgeons offers several free online learning experiences that can be integrated into the classroom setting. Educators and their students can explore resources and primary source documents related to the history of early medical education, pioneers in academic surgery, and the new frontiers of contemporary surgeons. Opening Doors also features a children’s guide for younger students to learn about African American surgeons throughout history.

Visiting the Exhibit: The Opening Doors exhibit is currently being hosted by two libraries –  

  • Palo Alto College, Ozuna Library – San Antonio, Texas
  • Pohick Regional Library – Burke, Virginia

Catch the exhibit in both locations now through March 2!

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NNLM SEA Digest News – February 8, 2019

Fri, 2019-02-08 10:13

Welcome to the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), Southeastern/Atlantic (SEA) Region’s Weekly Digest. This digest includes upcoming events, online training opportunities, news, and past events.  

NNLM News

Upcoming Online Training Opportunities*

Moodle LMS Asynchronous Course Opportunity

Webinars February 13 – February 19

Webinars February 20

Visit the NNLM Training Schedule for all upcoming webinars, scheduled, and on-demand classes. For past webinars and classes, please visit the NNLM on YouTube**

National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Library of Medicine (NLM), and National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) News

NIH News

NLM News

NCBI Insights

NNLM SEA Communications

* Notes on NNLM Training Opportunities

  • All sessions listed are sponsored by a specific regional or national office, but open to all.
  • Webinars are scheduled for 1 hour unless otherwise noted.
  • The NNLM class registration system requires a free NNLM account prior to registration.
  • Visit the NNLM Training Opportunities to register and view a full calendar of training opportunities.
  • Please visit the NNLM Acronym Guide to understand the acronyms.
  • Refer to this guide to claim MLA CE credit.
  • Not all Training Opportunities listed provide MLA CE credit. Please refer to the class page to see if a specific session offers credit.

** Please note that NNLM recordings on YouTube may not have MLA CE Credit available. Please contact the regional office that sponsored the webinar for details.

 

Categories: RML Blogs

Celebrate Data in February: Love Data Week and Endangered Data Week

Thu, 2019-02-07 15:01

Two upcoming data weeks, Love Data Week and Endangered Data Week, provide opportunities to share stories, learn new skills, and consider how data shapes our everyday life. No matter your role – researcher, librarian, data professional, scholar, or community member – everyone is invited to contribute and participate!

Love Data Week: February 11 – February 15, 2019  

Similar to Open Access Week, the purpose of the Love Data Week event is to raise awareness and build a community to engage on topics related to research data management, sharing, preservation, reuse, and library-based research data services. We will share practical tips, resources, and stories to help researchers at any stage in their career use good data practices.

This year’s theme focuses on data in everyday life. As data creation, gathering, and use continues to expand, its impact transforms how we move through and experience the world. This theme is being explored through two topics that offer a rich opportunity to engage many audiences:

  • Open data – What is open data? And how does it play out in our everyday life?  The answer depends on who is asking – open data for government, citizens, researchers, and businesses can mean very different things.
  • Data justice – Social justice and big data are current buzzwords, but how do these two areas intersect? Can data be used to effect social change and fight inequality, and if so, how?

Endangered Data Week: February 25 – March 1, 2019

Endangered Data Week is a collaborative effort coordinated across campuses, nonprofits, libraries, citizen science initiatives, and cultural heritage institutions, to shed light on public datasets that are in danger of being deleted, repressed, mishandled, or lost. The week’s events can promote care for endangered collections by: publicizing the availability of datasets; increasing critical engagement with them, including through visualization and analysis; and by encouraging political activism for open data policies and the fostering of data skills through workshops on curation, documentation and discovery, improved access, and preservation.

To support Endangered Data Week, consider hosting one of the following events or activities:

  • Subject-specific workshops or presentations using endangered datasets
  • Lectures or roundtables on issues of transparency, policy, or critical data literacy
  • Workshop/hackathon on organizing, reformatting, or visualizing endangered data
  • DataRescue events
  • Letter writing/advocacy campaigns
  • Data curation workshops or training
  • Data Expeditions
  • Workshops on ways to use archived websites for research
  • Web scraping/web archiving workshops
  • Data storytelling events, using tools like these, from DataRefuge

Are you planning to celebrate Love Data Week or Endangered Data Week? What activities or events do have planned at your institution? If you would like to share how your organization participated in these data weeks, please contact Liz Waltman or get in touch on social media @NNLMSEA.

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Loansome Doc System to Retire July 1, 2019

Tue, 2019-02-05 09:25

For all questions concerning the Loansome Doc system retirement, please contact the NLM Customer Support Help Desk.

On July 1, 2019, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) will retire the Loansome Doc system due to declining use. The decision to retire the system is in line with our commitment to the NLM Strategic Plan 2017-2027: A Platform for Biomedical Discovery and Data-Powered Health.

The following resources offer alternative access to journal articles:

To help with this transition, a Loansome Doc Retirement Toolkit is available and includes a “To Do” checklist, instructions on how to produce a list of your Loansome Doc Patrons, and alternatives for receiving requests from users.

NOTE: New user registration for Loansome Doc will be disabled on February 4, 2019.

Please send your questions to NLM Customer Support.

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NNLM SEA Digest News – February 1, 2019

Fri, 2019-02-01 14:23

Welcome to the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), Southeastern/Atlantic (SEA) Region’s Weekly Digest. This digest includes upcoming events, online training opportunities, news, and past events.  

NNLM News

Upcoming Online Training Opportunities*

Moodle LMS Asynchronous Course Opportunity

Webinars February 7 – February 19

Webinars February 20

Visit the NNLM Training Schedule for all upcoming webinars, scheduled, and on-demand classes. For past webinars and classes, please visit the NNLM on YouTube**

National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Library of Medicine (NLM), and National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) News

NIH News

NLM News

NCBI Insights

NNLM SEA Communications

* Notes on NNLM Training Opportunities

  • All sessions listed are sponsored by a specific regional or national office, but open to all.
  • Webinars are scheduled for 1 hour unless otherwise noted.
  • The NNLM class registration system requires a free NNLM account prior to registration.
  • Visit the NNLM Training Opportunities to register and view a full calendar of training opportunities.
  • Please visit the NNLM Acronym Guide to understand the acronyms.
  • Refer to this guide to claim MLA CE credit.
  • Not all Training Opportunities listed provide MLA CE credit. Please refer to the class page to see if a specific session offers credit.

** Please note that NNLM recordings on YouTube may not have MLA CE Credit available. Please contact the regional office that sponsored the webinar for details.

 

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Job Opportunity: Consumer Health Coordinator, NNLM SEA, Health Sciences and Human Services Library, University of Maryland, Baltimore

Fri, 2019-02-01 14:00

Consumer Health Coordinator
National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SEA)
Health Sciences and Human Services Library
University of Maryland, Baltimore

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Regional Medical Library (NNLM SEA), housed within the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL), seeks a librarian to coordinate and facilitate consumer health outreach and education activities in the region. The Consumer Health Coordinator ensures an organized approach to NNLM SEA outreach services by promoting consumer health library development, providing consultation services, and assessing and responding to the information and educational needs of public and consumer health librarians. This librarian also promotes the services and products of the NLM and NNLM.

The Consumer Health Coordinator is one of a team of five librarian-coordinators who work together facilitating resource sharing, training, and cooperative projects in AL, DC, FL, GA, MD, MS, NC, PR, SC, TN, USVI, VA, and WV. This position requires seasonal travel within the region to support the education and exhibits programs. For more information about NNLM SEA, visit http://nnlm.gov/sea.

Reporting to the Executive Director of SEA, this is a full-time, grant funded, non-tenure, and non-permanent status track faculty position at a rank of Librarian I or II. Previous professional library experience is welcome, but not required.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Identifies, develops, and teaches classes and workshops in a variety of formats addressing and promoting aspects of consumer health information and health literacy to health professionals, librarians, and the public.
  • Tracks and monitors consumer health and health literacy trends and developments improving access to health information by SEA members, healthcare and information professionals, and the public.
  • Assists in the planning, promotion, and coordination of consumer health and health literacy projects and programs in the region.
  • Assists SEA members with consumer health and health literacy questions, connecting members to NLM and NNLM resources and services.
  • Develops and reviews content on consumer health and health literacy for inclusion on the NNLM and SEA web sites, social media, and the regional electronic newsletter, SEA Currents and national newsletter, Bringing Health Information to the Community.
  • Presents information about NLM and NNLM programs in training sessions, demonstrations, meetings, exhibits, and other events. Works with other coordinators to exhibit NLM’s resources at national, regional, and state meetings of health professionals, information professionals, and the public.
  • Supports initiatives as determined by the NNLM in support of consumer health and health literacy, including outreach to public libraries, citizen scientists, and minority populations.
  • Develops educational materials for inclusion on the NNLM and SEA websites focused on consumer health and health literacy and improving access to quality consumer health information for health professionals and the public.
  • Cooperates with other Regional Medical Libraries and Offices to produce national programming and participates in national NNLM initiatives as appropriate.
  • Promotes and solicit applications for NNLM SEA awards; assisting potential applicants with their proposals, and serves as a liaison to recipients of awards monitoring their progress to completion.
  • Maintains accountability for NLM deliverables, including workshops, exhibiting, presentations, newsletter contributions, web and social media content.
  • Serves as ex-officio and support to the SEA Consumer Health Program Advisory Group.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Master of Library Science or equivalent advanced degree from ALA-accredited program
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Strong service orientation and ability to work effectively with colleagues, health professionals, and consumers in a diverse, multi-cultural community
  • Knowledge of PubMed, MedlinePlus, and other NLM resources
  • Willingness to travel; valid driver’s license at the time of employment
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team

 PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Demonstrated teaching and training experience
  • Instructional design and course development experience, including evaluation
  • Project management, strategic planning, and team leadership skills
  • Knowledge of or experience with consumer health and/or health literacy
  • Demonstrated knowledge of assessment and evaluation methods
  • Experience with consumer health information education and the ability to develop, plan, and conduct workshops and training, interacting confidently with audiences
  • Knowledge of or experience in medical librarianship
  • Evidence of professional and scholarly activities
  • Ability to communicate vision and motivate others; willingness to assume leadership roles as needed
  • Demonstrated ability to obtain results from initiating and participating in team efforts
  • Effectiveness in promoting ideas while exhibiting tact and sensitivity; initiating interaction with others; and soliciting feedback from partners
  • Comfort with change, flexibility and the ability to react quickly to program alterations and task modifications
  • Experience with Moodle LMS and WebEx technologies
  • Familiarity with the MLA CE program and processes for obtaining MLA CE approval

APPLICATIONS:

Application materials must include a CV/resume; cover letter which includes the source of advertisement; 3 references including names, addresses, and phone numbers; and a separate signed/dated affidavit page (stating “I verify that my CV is current and accurate” – does not need to be notarized). Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but full consideration will be given to complete applications received by February 22, 2019. Interested applicants should apply using the following link: http://bit.ly/ConHealthLib.

MINIMUM SALARY: $55,000, commensurate with experience

BENEFITS:

Generous benefits include choice of retirement, medical, and dental plans; 22 days of annual leave; 15 days of sick leave; 3 personal days and 14 holidays. Regular employees, as well as their spouses and dependent children, may receive tuition remission for most programs at many campuses of the University System of Maryland.

ENVIRONMENT:

The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) campus is located in downtown Baltimore, blocks from Orioles Park at Camden Yards, Raven’s Stadium, and the Inner Harbor, a recreational waterfront destination. Forty-five miles north of Washington DC, Baltimore City and the surrounding metropolitan area are noted for high quality-of-life indicators offering historic parks, great neighborhoods, and world-famous art collections, museums, theaters, and symphony orchestras. The city has easy access to public transportation systems, superior health care systems, and renowned university and educational resources.

The HS/HSL is one of the largest health sciences libraries in the United States with a track-record of user-centered innovative services and programs.  Fifty-five FTE employees including 25 faculty librarians staff the library.  Our attractive and vibrant facility, which opened in 1998, serves as a hub for collaboration and learning with resources, programs and tools that promote discovery, creativity, and innovation.  The HS/HSL has 45 group study rooms, three computer classrooms, an Innovation Space, a presentation and production studio, an art gallery, and multiple technology-enhanced meeting spaces. Through the HS/HSL’s website (www.hshsl.umaryland.edu), the UMB community has access to a full range of resources and services.   The HS/HSL serves the schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Social Work, and the Graduate School.  The HS/HSL also serves as the headquarters for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine’s Southeastern/Atlantic Region.

The Library supports the 6300 students, and over 7200 faculty and staff members on UMB’s 71-acre research and technology complex consisting of 67 buildings including the University of Maryland BioPark, the University of Maryland Medical Center, and the VA Hospital. UMB’s professional and graduate schools comprise a dental school, graduate school, and schools of law, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and social work. More details about the UMB can be found at http://www.umaryland.edu/.

UMB is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law or policy.

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NNLM SEA and NDCO Offices Closing at 3 PM ET – January 29, 2019

Tue, 2019-01-29 13:27

The NNLM SEA and NDCO offices will be closing today, January 29, 2019 at 3 PM ET due to inclement weather in Baltimore, MD, where our offices are located.

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NNLM SEA Digest News – January 25, 2019

Fri, 2019-01-25 13:29

Welcome to the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), Southeastern/Atlantic (SEA) Region’s Weekly Digest. This digest includes upcoming events, online training opportunities, news, and past events.  

NNLM News

Upcoming Online Training Opportunities*

Webinars January 28 – January 29

Webinars January 30 – January 31

Visit the NNLM Training Schedule for all upcoming webinars, scheduled, and on-demand classes. For past webinars and classes, please visit the NNLM on YouTube**

National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Library of Medicine (NLM), and National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) News

NIH News

NLM News

NCBI Insights

NNLM SEA Communications

* Notes on NNLM Training Opportunities

  • All sessions listed are sponsored by a specific regional or national office, but open to all.
  • Webinars are scheduled for 1 hour unless otherwise noted.
  • The NNLM class registration system requires a free NNLM account prior to registration.
  • Visit the NNLM Training Opportunities to register and view a full calendar of training opportunities.
  • Please visit the NNLM Acronym Guide to understand the acronyms.
  • Refer to this guide to claim MLA CE credit.
  • Not all Training Opportunities listed provide MLA CE credit. Please refer to the class page to see if a specific session offers credit.

** Please note that NNLM recordings on YouTube may not have MLA CE Credit available. Please contact the regional office that sponsored the webinar for details.

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2019 HSRProj Research Competition for Students: Identifying Research Gaps in HSR

Wed, 2019-01-23 11:00

AcademyHealth is proud to announce the third annual HSRProj Research Competition for Students hosted by AcademyHealth and the National Information Center for Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR) of the National Library of Medicine (NLM). This annual competition invites students to use data from the Health Services Research Projects in Progress (HSRProj) database in conjunction with other sources to identify research gaps in health services and systems research.

Submission Requirements

All projects should include the following:

  • A research statement that outlines a topic related to population health and/or social determinants of health that is missing or under-represented in the field of health services or systems research as a whole. You may also choose to focus your project on missing or under-represented topics in the HSRProj database itself.
  • A methods statement that clearly explains how the HSRProj full database download was deployed, as well as the rationale for additional data sources, such as those listed below under “Resources.”
  • A statement of findings/conclusions and recommendations, including a justification of the significance of the topic.
  • Data visualization(s) (no more than three) that illustrate the findings in an engaging and comprehensive manner (e.g., graphs, charts, models, infographics).
Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible, students must:

  • Be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program in health services research, communication science, data science, informatics, information science, public health, health economics, statistics, or a related field;
  • Work alone or in groups of no more than three;
  • Work with an academic advisor (and it is strongly encouraged, but not required, for students to seek out university librarians for advice on your project);
  • Use the HSRProj full database, which is available online in .xml here and Excel format here; and
  • Use at least one supplemental data source, such as those listed below under “Resources.”
Judging Criteria

In the initial phase, a set of judges drawn from the diverse fields that comprise health services and systems research will score each structured abstract based on the following criteria:

  • Use of the HSRProj database and relevant HSRProj attributes;
  • Clarity of the explanation of methods and proposed research gap;
  • Significance of the identified “research gap” to the field or practice of health services and systems research;
  • Clarity of the rationale for any additional data source(s) used in the project; and
  • Creativity, clarity, and impact of the data visualization(s).

From the pool of submission, the judges will select five finalists to present a ten-minute web-based project synopsis. Finalist presentations will highlight the research purpose, methodology, findings, conclusions, and data visualizations. Presentations are expected to take place during the week of April 22, 2019. The winning project, and four honorary mentions, will be announced in early May.

How to Apply

The submission window for this competition will close on March 1, 2019 5:00 p.m. ET.

Submissions are to be made through the application webform. A complete submission needs to include:

  • The application form with each team member’s and faculty advisor’s information;
  • structured abstract for the project of no more than 500 words, using the judging criteria as a guide; and
  • Up to three data visualizations that illustrate the authors’ approach and findings.

Students are encouraged to seek course credits through their university for participation in this competition.

NOTE: There will be NO exceptions to the March 1 deadline. Finalists will be notified of their selection by the judges by the first week of April.

Prizes

The winner or winning team will be invited to present their research as a featured poster at the 2019 AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting in Washington D.C., on June 2-4, 2019.  Please note that the winner(s) will need to cover their own lodging, transportation, and registration. In addition, the winner(s) will be invited to work with AcademyHealth staff to write a blog post to be featured on AcademyHealth’s website describing their project and experience.

For more information, please visit: https://academyhealth.org/HSRProjStudent2019

 

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Webinar Announcement – Super-patients: Patients Who Extended Science When All Other Options Were Gone

Tue, 2019-01-22 09:52

Date/Time: Thursday, February 21, 2019, 2:00 PM ET/1:00 PM CT/12:00 PM MT/11:00 AM PT

Presenter: Dave deBronkart (e-Patient Dave)

Register: Pre-registration is required. Visit the NNLM to register for this webinar.

Presentation Summary: There is a frontier at the edge of knowledge. At that frontier we are constantly building outward. In the past, a lifetime ago, only scientists and academics could extend it, because doing so requires access to knowledge and access to tools. Today, both knowledge and tools are available to many, in ways that simply weren’t possible before the age of “e.” Predictably, when that became possible, activated and motivated people with sickness in the family started adding to what’s known at the frontier.

In his forthcoming book Superpatients, Dave deBronkart, cancer survivor and co-founder of the Society for Participatory Medicine, tells stories of patients who have (literally) extended science when all other options were gone. What do these “superpatients” need and want to achieve their goals in health and treatment? Additionally, what does it mean for the future of medical librarians?

Presenter Bio: Dave deBronkart, known on the internet as e-Patient Dave, is the author of the highly rated Let Patients Help: A Patient Engagement Handbook and one of the world’s leading advocates for patient engagement. After beating stage IV kidney cancer in 2007 he became a blogger, health policy advisor and international keynote speaker. An accomplished speaker in his professional life before cancer, he is today the best-known spokesman for the patient engagement movement, attending over 500 conferences and policy meetings in 18 countries, including testifying in Washington for patient access to the medical record under Meaningful Use.

A co-founder and chair emeritus of the Society for Participatory Medicine, e-Patient Dave has appeared in Time, U.S. News, USA Today, Wired, MIT Technology Review, and the HealthLeaders cover story “Patient of the Future.” His writings have been published in the British Medical Journal, the Society for General Internal Medicine Forum, iHealthBeat, and the conference journal of the American Society for Clinical Oncology. In 2009, HealthLeaders named him and his doctor to their annual list of “20 People Who Make Healthcare Better,” and he’s appeared on the cover of Healthcare IT News and the Australian GP magazine Good Practice.

Dave’s TED Talk Let Patients Help went viral, and for years was in the top half of the most viewed TED Talks of all time with over a half million views. In 2012, the National Library of Medicine announced that it was capturing his blog in its History of Medicine Division, and he was the Mayo Clinic’s 2015 Visiting Professor in Internal Medicine.

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NNLM SEA Digest News – January 18, 2019

Fri, 2019-01-18 14:43

Welcome to the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), Southeastern/Atlantic (SEA) Region’s Weekly Digest. This week’s digest includes upcoming events, online training opportunities, news, and a special feature in recognition of Cervical Health Awareness Month.  

Cervical Health Awareness Month

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, and NNLM/SEA wants you to know that there’s a lot you can do to prevent cervical cancer. Beyond the HPV vaccine and regular screening tests, an important part your health is understanding cervical cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.

NNLM News

Upcoming Online Training Opportunities*

Webinars January 22 – January 23

Webinars January 24 – January 28

Visit the NNLM Training Schedule for all upcoming webinars, scheduled, and on-demand classes. For past webinars and classes, please visit the NNLM on YouTube**

National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Library of Medicine (NLM), and National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) News

NIH News

NLM News

NCBI Insights

NNLM SEA Communications

* Notes on NNLM Training Opportunities

  • All sessions listed are sponsored by a specific regional or national office, but open to all.
  • Webinars are scheduled for 1 hour unless otherwise noted.
  • The NNLM class registration system requires a free NNLM account prior to registration.
  • Visit the NNLM Training Opportunities to register and view a full calendar of training opportunities.
  • Please visit the NNLM Acronym Guide to understand the acronyms.
  • Refer to this guide to claim MLA CE credit.
  • Not all Training Opportunities listed provide MLA CE credit. Please refer to the class page to see if a specific session offers credit.

** Please note that NNLM recordings on YouTube may not have MLA CE Credit available. Please contact the regional office that sponsored the webinar for details.

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Request for Information (RFI): Input on Revised Definition of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research at NIH

Thu, 2019-01-17 11:04
Outreach and Special Populations Branch

Request for Information (RFI): Input on Revised Definition of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research at NIH 

Notice Number: NOT-OD-19-032

Key Dates
Release Date: January 14, 2019
Response Date: January 14, 2019 – February 22, 2019

Issued by
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR)

Purpose
This Request for Information (RFI) is intended to gather broad public input on a revised definition of behavioral and social sciences research (BSSR) for use by the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) in the Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives (DPCPSI), National Institutes of Health (NIH) to assess and monitor NIH BSSR funding. The definition, originally developed in 1996 and updated periodically since then, can be found at https://obssr.od.nih.gov/about/bssr-definition/. The field has evolved significantly in the last two decades, and a more extensive update of the BSSR definition will improve OBSSR’s and NIH’s ability to assess and monitor NIH BSSR funding.

The OBSSR invites input from behavioral and social science researchers in academia and industry, health care professionals, patient advocates and advocacy organizations, scientific or professional organizations, federal agencies, and other interested members of the public. When providing input on behalf of an organization, a single coordinated response reflecting the views of the organization and its members is encouraged.

Information Requested
Behavioral and social sciences research (BSSR) is a broad, multifaceted field represented by a wide array of disciplines working together to generate knowledge about the behavior of animals and humans (organisms) in their social context. There is no single scientific discipline of behavioral and social science. Instead, the behavioral and social sciences encompass a set of disciplines including but not limited to psychology, sociology, economics, demography, social epidemiology, and anthropology. When Congress created OBSSR, it mandated that the Office establish a standard definition of BSSR. In 1996, a definition of behavioral and social sciences, as it applies to health research, was developed to monitor funding for BSSR across the NIH. Since then, the definition has been updated periodically to improve clarity and reflect developments in the behavioral and social sciences while retaining the meaning and scope of the original definition. Based on input from the 2017 to 2022 strategic planning process, the OBSSR has drafted the following working definition:

Revised Definition of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research for OBSSR

The behavioral and social sciences at the NIH include a multi-disciplinary set of research disciplines that have in common the study of behavior and social processes relevant to health.

BSSR at the NIH involves the systematic study of behavioral and social phenomena, as well as their causes and consequences:

  • Behavioral refers to overt or observable actions and to mental phenomena such as knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, cognitions, and emotions that are inferred from behavior.
  • Social refer to the interactions between and among individuals, and to the activities of social groups, institutions, and environments, including family, community, school, workplace, economic, cultural, and policy environments.

To further the behavioral and social sciences, researchers study the interplay between behavioral and environmental processes, focusing on causal and explanatory processes that occur not only within the organism (e.g., genetics, neurobiology, emotion, cognition) but also external to the organism (e.g., physical, familial, community, and societal influences).

The complex, bidirectional impacts of these external influences – the environment on behavior and behavior on the environment – are essential to the understanding of how behavior and the environment interact to affect health and well-being. This broad perspective on the underpinnings of behavior, from genetic through societal influences, provides the behavioral and social sciences with a unique perspective on the dynamic interactions that can influence health outcomes across an individual’s lifespan and across generations.

The multi-disciplinary nature of BSSR is a challenge and an opportunity. The contributing disciplines of BSSR often have different scientific approaches, methods, definitions, vocabularies, and hypotheses. This broad and complex research landscape, however, provides a rich fundamental and applied knowledge base to understand behavioral and social processes and how these processes impact health and well-being.

For the purposes of monitoring the behavioral and social sciences at the NIH, a project (grant application, funded grant, contract, etc.) is considered BSSR if any one of the dependent (predicted) variables or the independent (predictor) variables of the project is a “behavioral” or “social” phenomena as defined above. Behavioral or social moderator or mediator variables also may be sufficient for a project to be classified as BSSR if these variables are relevant to study hypotheses.

The NIH seeks comments on the following:
  • Is the definition clear? If it is not clear, please suggest language that would improve the clarity.
  • How well does the definition capture the full range of health-related behavioral and social sciences research at the NIH? If not well, please suggest modifications to the definition that would reflect the full range of health-related behavioral and social sciences research supported by the NIH.
  • How well does the definition distinguish behavioral and social sciences research from other disciplines of research? If not well, please suggest modifications to the definition that would appropriately distinguish behavioral or social sciences research from other areas of research.

How to Submit a Response
To ensure consideration, responses must be submitted February 22, 2019 through OBSSR’s crowdsourcing IdeaScale website https://obssr.ideascale.com/, where users may also view and comment on others’ ideas.

This RFI is for information and planning purposes only and shall not be construed as a solicitation, grant, or cooperative agreement, or as an obligation on the part of the Federal Government, the NIH, or individual NIH Institutes and Centers to provide support for any ideas identified in response to it. The Government will not pay for the preparation of any information submitted or for the Government’s use of such information. No basis for claims against the U.S. Government shall arise as a result of a response to this request for information or from the Government’s use of such information.

Inquiries
Please direct all inquiries to:

Farheen Akbar, MPH
Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR)
Telephone: 301-496-9165
Email: OBSSRNews@mail.nih.gov

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Congratulations and Farewell to Ashley Cuffia

Mon, 2019-01-14 11:54

Please join us in congratulating Ashley Cuffia as she prepares for the next phase of her career at the Library of Congress. Her last day with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region (NNLM SEA) and the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL) will be February 15, 2019.

Ashley started as a Reference Technician at the HS/HSL over 11.5 years ago. She then worked for the NNLM as a Library Associate supporting our Travel and Exhibits programs and later as a DOCLINE associate. With the change to the cooperative agreement, she helped develop the new National DOCLINE Coordination Office as she completed her MLIS. Since 2017, she has worked as a coordinator supporting various programs with a primary focus in consumer health programming. She has provided vast contributions supporting new initiatives like health information outreach to public libraries. She will be missed throughout the region and in the SEA office.

Please join us in congratulating Ashley on her new opportunity and wish her the best of luck in her new position.

 

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NNLM SEA Digest News – January 11, 2019

Fri, 2019-01-11 10:16

Welcome to the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), Southeastern/Atlantic (SEA) Region’s Weekly Digest. This digest includes upcoming events, online training opportunities, news, and past events.  

NNLM News

Upcoming Online Training Opportunities*

Moodle LMS Asynchronous Course Opportunity

Webinars January 14 – January 15

Webinars January 16 – January 17

Visit the NNLM Training Schedule for all upcoming webinars, scheduled, and on-demand classes. For past webinars and classes, please visit the NNLM on YouTube**

National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Library of Medicine (NLM), and National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) News

NIH News

NLM News

NCBI Insights

Miscellaneous News

NNLM SEA Communications

* Notes on NNLM Training Opportunities

  • All sessions listed are sponsored by a specific regional or national office, but open to all.
  • Webinars are scheduled for 1 hour unless otherwise noted.
  • The NNLM class registration system requires a free NNLM account prior to registration.
  • Visit the NNLM Training Opportunities to register and view a full calendar of training opportunities.
  • Please visit the NNLM Acronym Guide to understand the acronyms.
  • Refer to this guide to claim MLA CE credit.
  • Not all Training Opportunities listed provide MLA CE credit. Please refer to the class page to see if a specific session offers credit.

** Please note that NNLM recordings on YouTube may not have MLA CE Credit available. Please contact the regional office that sponsored the webinar for details.

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Introducing the NNLM Reading Club!

Mon, 2019-01-07 10:44

To help grow health literacy, the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network announces the launch of the NNLM Reading Club. The goal is to support libraries’ health literacy efforts and address local communities’ health information needs by celebrating important National Health Observances through the fun and intimacy of a book club.

The NNLM Reading Club offers a selection of three different book titles along with corresponding free, ready-to-use, downloadable materials designed to help promote and facilitate a book club discussion on a health issue or topic.

It’s easy to download the ready-to-use book club discussion materials and direct patrons to the library’s book holdings. However, the NNLM is offering an added benefit: participating NNLM libraries are making the quarterly Reading Club picks available in a free, handy, portable Book Club Kit.

This program-in-a-box format includes 8 copies of each of the following items: the selected book, discussion guide, MedlinePlus flyer, MedlinePlus magazine, NNLM All of Us information and additional material in support of the health topic all of which are tucked inside a handy library book bag and mailed to the requesting library. Any U.S. library, which is an organizational member of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, is eligible to apply and to receive one NNLM Reading Club Book Kit from November 1, 2018 through April 30, 2019. Priority is given to those libraries who intend to use the Book Club Kit in their outreach to vulnerable communities.

For more information on the NNLM Reading Club, to browse selections and download the ready-to-use materials, or to order an NNLM Book Club Kit, click here.

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NNLM SEA Digest News – January 4, 2019

Fri, 2019-01-04 09:51

Welcome to the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), Southeastern/Atlantic (SEA) Region’s Weekly Digest. This digest includes upcoming events, online training opportunities, news, and past events.  

NNLM News

Upcoming Online Training Opportunities*

Moodle LMS Asynchronous Course Opportunity

Webinars January 9 – January 10

Webinars January 10 – January 11

Visit the NNLM Training Schedule for all upcoming webinars, scheduled, and on-demand classes. For past webinars and classes, please visit the NNLM on YouTube**

National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Library of Medicine (NLM), and National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) News

NIH News

NLM News

NCBI Insights

Miscellaneous News

NNLM SEA Communications

* Notes on NNLM Training Opportunities

  • All sessions listed are sponsored by a specific regional or national office, but open to all.
  • Webinars are scheduled for 1 hour unless otherwise noted.
  • The NNLM class registration system requires a free NNLM account prior to registration.
  • Visit the NNLM Training Opportunities to register and view a full calendar of training opportunities.
  • Please visit the NNLM Acronym Guide to understand the acronyms.
  • Refer to this guide to claim MLA CE credit.
  • Not all Training Opportunities listed provide MLA CE credit. Please refer to the class page to see if a specific session offers credit.

** Please note that NNLM recordings on YouTube may not have MLA CE Credit available. Please contact the regional office that sponsored the webinar for details.

 

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