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Coronavirus Update

Thu, 2020-01-23 11:30

This post was originally published in the Bringing Health Information to the Community blog. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Visit the following websites for more information:

 

 

  • World Health Organization (WHO) Coronavirus Health topics page

 

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Reflections From the Transforming Research Conference

Tue, 2020-01-21 10:16

Guest Post by Arian Abdulla, Biomedical Information Specialist, Claude Moore Health Sciences Library

On September 27-29 2019, I was fortunate to attend the Transforming Research Conference in Washington DC. The conference welcomed stakeholders across the research ecosystem including a diverse, international audience. The meeting format encouraged a lively discussion among the attendees. The five themes for discussion were:

  • Data governance and open data
  • Macroscale research transformation: How government and funders affect change
  • Science analytics for portfolio management and opportunity targeting
  • Managing the cycle of research planning, portfolio management, and evaluation
  • Entrepreneurialism, collaborations, and economic impact.

My hope before the conference was to connect with professionals from different fields, and in that regard, the conference did not disappoint. I was able to hear different perspectives on several topics and Initiatives toward Open Science. It was valuable to learn about new developments from NIH such as the New PubMed Labs, and Data sharing initiatives with NIH FigShare. NIH Office of Portfolio Analysis demonstrated the work they are doing including the development of metrics such as the Relative Citation, Ratio, iCite, and iSearch tools they use to evaluate and measure research.

After attending this conference, I feel more confident to connect my patrons with several sources of information that are hosted by NLM. Furthermore to promote Open Science among researchers at my institution I have created a LibGuide with ORCID information, and how the researchers can create and use the ORCID ID. ORCID identifier ensures that all of the researcher’s work will be associated with their name consistently and recognizably. I also presented an Open Science seminar for the Engineering faculty at the University of Virginia, and there was positive feedback by the faculty and their engagement with open science is trending in the right direction.

For those interested, the recording of the entire program is available here:

http://www.transformingresearch.org/

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Update: Puerto Rico from Region II Head Start Association

Thu, 2020-01-16 10:31

Below is an update from Andrew R. Roszak, JD, MPA, EMT-Paramedic, Chief, Preparedness, Health & Environment, Region 2 Head Start Association.

We spent today in the area around Guanica, Las Piedras, Sabana Grande. At the request of the local municipality, we were invited to use the post-disaster self assessment form (designed for the Choose Safe Places project from ATSDR), to conduct some initial assessments with Head Start staff. These individuals had attended one of our pilot/training sessions in December – and reached out after the earthquake to see how the form could be used to help with an initial evaluation of their programs post-disaster. As of now, none of these programs are operating. No children are attending these programs, as earthquakes / aftershocks continue to impact the southern part of Puerto Rico. To give a sense of scope/scale – in the past 24 hours there have been 20 earthquakes. These ranged from a 2.6 all the way up to a 5.2. This is creating a challenge – as sites are needing nearly daily re-evaluation to determine whether they are safe or not. As soon as one site is inspected, within a few hours another strong earthquake hits – causing the need for another evaluation.

Families are scared and they understandably do not necessarily want to send their children into an environment that would be unsafe. Nearly 10,000 individuals are living in government-created ‘tent cities’ or simply sleeping outside of their own property in tents. They fear that their buildings/structures may not with stand the next quake, and feel it is far safer to sleep outside. The mental health impacts are huge. Today, after the 5.2 and subsequent power loss – Jessica Irizarry (PR DOH) and I witnessed women weeping inside the Head Start HQ Office in Guanica. The continuing stress and toll on mental health can’t be understated – as folks have been living with daily earthquakes since December 28th. Those in the tent cities established by the government are receiving basic comfort and supplies. Food and water access for them is not an issue. For folks on their own, we did find a few places today that lacked running water and reliable electric service.

Several of the sites we visited today did have cracks in the walls, some had cracks in the supporting structures. We are not engineers – and are certainly not trying to become engineers – but it was clear that some/all of the Head Start programs should be inspected by a professional engineer before children are allowed back inside. One of the other issues that we have seen is the creation of tent cities near Head Start properties. In Guanica – the tents are literally up against the playground of the Head Start facility. It would be very difficult to reopen these programs with the tents still occupied.

In terms of the piloting of the Post-Disaster Self Assessment Form – all parties have found it to be a very helpful tool. It is filling a gap that existed and providing individuals with a reference for things to be thinking about when assessing their programs. It has also been rewarding to see the programs looking at this tool with a different set of eyes. Since the tool was produced after the hurricanes – many viewed it as a hurricane-only tool. Now that they are looking at it from an earthquake lens – they are seeing the form as more ‘all hazards’ – which was always our intent.

At the request of PR DOH, we did create a simple google form that mirrors the self-assessment form – that allowed us to use PR DOH tablets to enter the data real-time during the assessments. This was a big win and made things much simpler than just using them in paper form. This real-world application has elicited some additional comments and feedback – both from the owner/operators and from PR DOH – which we will be adding to our overall pilot feedback.

We are headed out to the mountain towns tomorrow to get a sense of the damage and needs there. Today we did find most major roads passable – with sporadic bridge/overpass closures (so they could verify that they are structurally sound).

Below are a few photos to give you a sense of some of what we are seeing.

Below are also two videos from head start programs today. Special thanks to Jessica Irizarry – from PR DOH Crisis Program Management Office – she spent the entire day with us today in the field visiting these sites (we left San Juan at 5:30am).

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Now You can Request NLM and Libraries Transform Banners for Loan Online!

Tue, 2020-01-14 12:14

Do you have a health fair or other health event coming up? First come, first served, you can now request American Library Association (ALA) Libraries Transform banners and National Library of Medicine (NLM) informational banners to add some pizazz to your gathering via our Online Request Form!

Libraries Transform banners range in size from small table-top banners to large banners that stand over 6 feet tall. Choose from statements like:

  • Because Health Care isn’t One Size Fits All
  • Because Libraries are Partners in a Healthy Community
  • Because Language Shouldn’t be a Barrier to Health
  • (and many more!)

Or, choose a two-sided NLM banner that highlights the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and trusted health information, some featuring MedlinePlus, PubMed and other reliable NLM resources.

We have limited supplies of banners so expect to deny some requests, but we will fill as many as our inventory allows at any given time. We hope these banners will enhance the experience for you as well as your community members – Make your request here:

NLM and Libraries Transform Banners – Online Reservation Request

Thank you for all you do to boost the health literacy of your communities!

NLM Banners

NLM Banners

Libraries Transform Banners

Libraries Transform Banners

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NNLM Reading Club Helps Spark Conversation on Substance Misuse

Mon, 2020-01-13 10:15

January often brings a time of reflection and fresh starts to a new year. Some may be struggling with issues of substance misuse and need resources to learn more about it – whether it has touched them directly or they just want to understand the topic better, especially from a first-person point of view.  Because substance misuse doesn’t take a holiday, any week is a good week to discuss substance misuse, addiction disorders, and treatment choices for both young and old.

To help get the conversation started, visit the NNLM Reading Club Book Selections and Health Resources: Substance Misuse. Choose one of the three featured books, then download the discussion guide, promotional materials and corresponding Substance Misuse resources. Short on time?  No worries! Apply for a free NNLM Reading Club Book kit.

January Reading club selections

Hey Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka l Blackout by Sarah Hopola l Dreamland (YA version) by Sam Quinones

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NNLM SEA Digest News – January 10, 2020

Fri, 2020-01-10 09:40

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 Opportunities

Webinars January 16 – January 21

Webinars January 22 – January 29

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 a Training From an NNLM SEA Coordinator

Thu, 2020-01-09 12:30

Are you interested in hosting a training or continuing education opportunity for your organization, library, or institution? As a member of NNLM SEA, you can request a FREE class to be taught by one of our Coordinators! (Not already a member? Join today. It’s free!)

Training opportunities are available as webinars or in-person sessions, and are available to receive MLA CE credit. (Please Note: In-person sessions must be requested at least 3 months prior to the anticipated target date. Exceptions may be made based on availability.) 

To request a training, please complete the online submission form: Request an NNLM Class

Below you will find a selection of classes and topics available from the NNLM SEA coordinators. If you have other topics or NNLM classes in mind, let us know in the submission form and we can work together to find the best session for your organization. 

ABCs of DNA: Unraveling the Mystery of Genetics Information for Consumers 

Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library

Caring for the Mind: Providing Mental Health Information at Your Library

ClinicalTrials.gov: Results Reporting, Unique Evidence, and the Role of Medical Librarians

Cool Creative Communications: Dazzling Data Visualization

From A(ddiction) to Z(its): Supporting Teens with Health Information

From Problem to Prevention: Evidence-Based Public Health

Graphic Medicine

Health Literacy

Improving Health Information on Wikipedia

National Library of Medicine Consumer Health Resources

PubMed.gov

Stand Up for Health: Health and Wellness Services for Your Community

Wellness in the Library Workplace

Will Duct Tape Cure My Warts? Examining Complementary and Alternative Medicine

 

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Request for Information (RFI): ClinicalTrials.gov Modernization

Wed, 2020-01-08 12:00

Notice Number

NOT-LM-20-003

Key Dates

Release Date: December 30, 2019
Response Date: March 14, 2020

Introduction

The purpose of this Request for Information is to solicit public input to guide the National Library of Medicine (NLM) in planning infrastructure enhancements aimed at users and submitters of ClinicalTrials.gov as part of a multi-year modernization initiative.

Background

ClinicalTrials.gov is the world’s largest public clinical research registry(1) and results database(2), providing information on more than 320,000 clinical studies and over 40,000 results on a wide range of diseases and conditions. More than 145,000 unique visitors use the public website daily to find and learn about clinical studies, resulting in an average of 215 million pageviews each month(3).

ClinicalTrials.gov is maintained by NLM on behalf of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and enhances transparency across the clinical research enterprise in support of U.S. legal requirements (e.g., 42 CFR Part 11)(4), the NIH Policy on the Dissemination of NIH-Funded Clinical Trial Information(5), and other policies, such as those of other U.S. Federal agencies(6) and international entities(7). The potential benefits of registration and results reporting include greater public availability of information about ongoing and completed clinical studies(8). This information may help individuals find and compare clinical studies for which they may be eligible to enroll. Maintaining this database of searchable records of studies and their results helps enhance public trust in clinical research and can:

  • honor the contribution of people who volunteer to participate in clinical trials to advance medical knowledge;
  • encourage complete, unbiased, and timely reporting of individual studies;
  • provide a more complete set of studies to inform medical and other decisions;
  • provide insight into the clinical research enterprise to improve study focus, design, and reporting; and
  • help funders and researchers identify and address key research needs.

Study sponsors and investigators are responsible for ensuring that their studies listed on ClinicalTrials.gov follow all applicable laws and regulations for the scientific and ethical conduct of research studies in humans. Studies listed on ClinicalTrials.gov are not evaluated by NLM for scientific validity or conformance to ethical, legal, and policy requirements. However, NLM staff conduct a limited quality control review of information submitted to ClinicalTrials.gov for apparent errors, deficiencies, or inconsistencies(9-11).

NLM is embarking on a modernization initiative to update the technological infrastructure underlying ClinicalTrials.gov, enhance its public-facing components, and deliver a modern user experience with a platform and services that continue to accommodate growth and enhance efficiency. We aim to gather information to help maximize the value of ClinicalTrials.gov to its many users, while continuing to provide essential services to support existing legal and policy requirements. This RFI is not intended to modify existing legal and policy requirements for clinical trial registration and results reporting.

NLM will host a public meeting on April 30, 2020, to provide an open forum for further eliciting detailed input on topics of interest identified in responses received through this RFI.

75-Day Comment Period

Comments must be received no later than March 14, 2020.

Information Requested

NLM is requesting public comment to guide efforts to enhance and better support the users of ClinicalTrials.gov, particularly within the topic areas outlined below. Response to this RFI is voluntary, and respondents are free to address any or all topics listed below, and other relevant topics, for NLM consideration:

  1. Website Functionality. NLM seeks broad input on the ClinicalTrials.gov website, including its application programming interface (API).
    1. List specific examples of unsupported, new uses of the ClinicalTrials.gov website; include names and references for any systems that serve as good models for those uses.
    2. Describe resources for possible linking from ClinicalTrials.gov (e.g., publications, systematic reviews, de-identified individual participant data, general health information) and explain why these resources are useful.
    3. Provide specific examples of how you currently use the ClinicalTrials.gov website, including existing features that work well and potential improvements.
    4. Describe if your primary use of ClinicalTrials.gov relies on (1) a wide range of studies, such as different study types, intervention types, or geographical locations or (2) a more limited range of studies that may help identify studies of interest more efficiently. Explain why and, if it applies, any limiting criteria that are useful to you.
  2. Information submission. NLM seeks broad input on initiatives, systems, or tools for supporting assessment of internal consistency and improving the accuracy and timeliness of information submitted through the ClinicalTrials.gov Protocol Registration and Results System (PRS).
    1. Identify steps in the ClinicalTrials.gov registration and results information submission processes that would most benefit from improvements.
    2. Describe opportunities to better align the PRS submission process with your organization’s processes, such as interoperability with institutional review board or clinical trial management software applications or tools.
    3. Describe any novel or emerging methods that may be useful for enhancing information quality and content submitted to the PRS and displayed on the ClinicalTrials.gov website.
    4. Suggest what submission-related informational materials you currently find useful and what other materials would make the submission and quality control process easier for you.
    5. Suggest ways to provide credit, incentivize, or recognize the efforts of individuals and organizations in submitting complete, accurate, and timely registration and results information submission.
  3. Data Standards. NLM seeks broad input on existing standards that may support submission, management, and use of information content (e.g., controlled terminologies for inclusion and exclusion criteria).
    1. Provide input on ways to balance the use of standards while also retaining needed flexibility to ensure submitted information accurately reflects the format specified in the study protocol and analysis plan.
    2. List names of and references to specific standards and explain how they may be useful in improving data quality, enabling reuse of data to reduce reporting burden, or improving consistency and management of data on ClinicalTrials.gov.

Submitting a Response

For consideration, your responses must be received by March 14, 2020. Responses to this RFI must be submitted electronically using the web-based form at:
https://nlmenterprise.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_e2rLEUAx99myump

Comments received, including name and affiliation of commenter, will be posted without change after the close of the comment period. Please do not include any proprietary, classified, confidential, or sensitive information in your response. Do not include personally identifiable information that you do not wish to have made public. The Government reserves the right to use any non-proprietary technical information in summaries of the state of the science, and any resultant solicitation(s).

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.

References

  1. Zarin DA, Tse T, Williams RJ, Rajakannan T. Update on Trial Registration 11 Years after the ICMJE Policy Was Established. N Engl J Med. 2017;376(4):383-91.
  2. Zarin DA, Fain KM, Dobbins HD, Tse T, Williams RJ. 10-Year Update on Study Results Submitted to ClinicalTrials.gov. N Engl J Med. 2019;381(20):1966-74.
  3. Trends, Charts, and Maps (Available at https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/resources/trends).
  4. FDAAA 801 and the Final Rule webpage (Available at https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/manage-recs/fdaaa).
  5. NIH Policy on the Dissemination of NIH-Funded Clinical Trial Information; NOT-OD-16-149 (Available at https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/not-od-16-149.html).
  6. Key U.S. Policies (Available at https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/manage-recs/resources#KeyUSPolicies).
  7. Key International Policies (Available at https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/manage-recs/resources#InternatPolicies).
  8. What Is the Purpose of Trial Registration and Results Submission? (Available at https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/manage-recs/background#WhatIsThePurpose).
  9. ClinicalTrials.gov Protocol Registration Quality Control Review Criteria (Available at https://prsinfo.clinicaltrials.gov/ProtocolDetailedReviewItems.pdf).
  10. ClinicalTrials.gov Results Quality Control Review Criteria (Available at https://prsinfo.clinicaltrials.gov/ResultsDetailedReviewItems.pdf).
  11. PRS Guided Tutorials (Available at https://prsinfo.clinicaltrials.gov/tutorial/content/index.html#/lessons/cMcbAsAhlEQlFPfY3TZmzUrO6y7QS2M2).

 

Inquiries

Please direct all inquiries to:

ClinicalTrials.gov Information Team
National Library of Medicine
Email: register@clinicaltrials.gov

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Puerto Rico Hit by 5.8 Magnitude Earthquake

Mon, 2020-01-06 12:44

The U.S. Geological Survey reported a 5.8 magnitude earthquake off the southwest coast of Puerto Rico Monday morning, January 6, at 6:32 am. 

At a Glance

  • The epicenter was located approximately 9 miles from the community of Indios. 
  • The quake triggered small landslides and resulted in numerous power outages. 
  • There is no tsunami threat to Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands.
  • The island has experienced an increase in seismic activity since December 28, with a number of quakes ranging from 4.7 to 5.1 in magnitude. 

State and Territory Resources

Visit the NNLM SEA Page for additional Federal and State Emergency Management Contact Resources.

Puerto Rico

NLM Disaster Information Management Resource Center (DIMRC)

We encourage you to visit the following pages from the NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC). You can embed the content from both of these pages on your own Website by accessing the Health and Human Services (HHS) Content Syndication Storefront. When we update any of these pages, your pages will be automatically updated as well.

MedlinePlus

NNLM SEA Resources

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NNLM SEA and NDCO Holiday Closings

Mon, 2019-12-23 10:47

The NNLM SEA and NDCO offices will be closed from Tuesday, December 24, 2019 through Wednesday, January 1, 2020.

The NNLM SEA and NDCO staff would like to wish each of you a wonderful holiday and a healthy, happy and peaceful 2020.

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NNLM SEA Digest News – December 20, 2019

Fri, 2019-12-20 09:45

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 Opportunities

Webinars January 10 – January 17

Webinars January 21 – January 27

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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Promoting Consumer Health Materials at Remote Area Medical Clinics

Thu, 2019-12-19 14:55

Guest Post by the East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine Library:

  • Emily C. Weyant, MSLIS
  • Nakia J. Woodward, MSIS
  • Rachel R. Walden, MLIS
  • Rick L. Wallace, MSLS
  • Kelly R. Loyd, MSIS

Remote Area Medical (RAM) clinics are held at various locations across the country. They provide a range of health services including dental, vision, and general medical care depending on clinic location. Librarians at East Tennessee State University (ETSU) have been working with organizers and volunteers at RAM clinics in Gray, TN and Wise, VA for many years.1 In 2019, ETSU librarians including including Rick Wallace, Rachel Walden, Nakia Woodward, Kelly Loyd, and Emily Weyant were able to continue work with these RAM clinics through the All of Us exhibit grant provided by the NNLM SEA region.

The RAM clinic held in November in Gray, TN, is close to ETSU and primarily serves the tri-cities area of Kingsport, Johnson City, and Bristol in east Tennessee. As this clinic is close to the ETSU medical school campus, medical librarians drive to the event and host an exhibit table there for each day of the clinic. The exhibit table includes handouts on various health conditions and topics as well as any small giveaways available through the university. For example, this year librarians were able to give away small first aid pouches and children’s books provided by ETSU. In addition to pre-printed handouts, librarians also provide on-site searching and the option to request mailed information.

The RAM clinic in June in Wise, VA, has historically been one of the largest RAM clinics in the country serving over 2,000 people.2 As the Wise RAM is a larger event that is further from the ETSU campus, librarians partner with event organizers and volunteers and provide consumer health handouts to be distributed by clinic volunteers. This information may be provided by mail sent directly to the customer, but is most often given via handout on location at the clinic. Librarians prepare handouts on common health conditions and concerns and mail them to volunteers at the Wise clinic along with a checklist option for patients to request different or more specific information.

(From left to right): Rick Wallace, Nakia Woodward, and Rachel Walden of ETSU exhibit at a Remote Area Medical (RAM) clinic.

References

  1. Weyant EC, Woodward NJ, Walden RR, Wallace RL. Reflections on a Decade of Promoting Consumer Health Resources at Remote Area Medical Clinics. Journal of Consumer Health on the Internet. 2019, 23:4, 403-410, DOI: 10.1080/15398285.2019.1687198
  2. Kristof N. No Insurance, but for 3 Days, Health Care Is Within Reach. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/27/opinion/remote-area-medical-health-care-republican.html. July 27, 2017. Accessed December 12, 2019.
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2019 Highlights of the NNLM SEA

Mon, 2019-12-09 09:08

Over the past year, the staff at the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), Southeastern/Atlantic (SEA) collaborated with other NNLM regional medical libraries and offices to develop national programs that support the initiatives of the National Library of Medicine. By enhancing our collaboration, we were able to launch a number of programs that benefit our network members:

The NNLM SEA staff exhibited at over 31 conferences and community events reaching over 10,000 attendees. Additionally, the NNLM SEA has supported over 300 educational sessions that reached almost 14,000 attendees over the past year. As we look forward to 2020, we plan to offer programming tied to the launch of the new PubMed, offer Library Carpentry workshops, collaborate and conduct outreach to community-based organizations that support the HIV/AIDS populations, and many more exciting new projects and programs to develop and support our network members.

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NNLM SEA Digest News – December 6, 2019

Fri, 2019-12-06 10:31

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 Opportunities

Webinars December 10 – December 11

Webinars December 18

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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Applications Open for Library Carpentry Workshops in Baltimore and Salt Lake City!

Thu, 2019-12-05 14:40

The NNLM Training Office (NTO) and Southeastern Atlantic Region (SEA) are pleased to host Library Carpentry workshops this spring and provide professional development funds to support travel to these exciting opportunities.

Library Carpentry focuses on building software and data skills within library and information-related communities. Their goal is to empower people in these roles to use software and data in their own work and to become advocates for and train others in efficient, effective and reproducible data and software practices.

The target audience is learners who have little to no prior computational experience. The instructors put a priority on creating a friendly environment to empower researchers and enable data-driven discovery. Even those with some experience will benefit, as the goal is to teach not only how to do analyses, but how to manage the process to make it as automated and reproducible as possible. Biomedical and health sciences librarians and LIS students are encouraged to participate.

In this two-day interactive, hands-on workshop you will learn core software and data skills, with lessons including:

Participants may apply to attend the workshop series in either:

  • Baltimore, Maryland – March 19-20, 2020 or
  • Salt Lake City, Utah – March 26-27, 2020

To broaden access to this exciting training, we invite applications to cover the costs of travel and attendance, up to $1,500 for Baltimore, and $1,200 for Salt Lake City. Travel costs will be reimbursed after travel occurs.

Eligibility:

Your organization must be a NNLM Network Member. If your organization is not a Network Member, they can join for free!

You must be able to commit to traveling for the workshop dates:

  • University of Maryland, Baltimore – March 19-20, 2020
  • University of Utah, Salt Lake City – March 26-27, 2020

You must be able to bring a laptop computer.

All participants must be prepared to observe The Carpentries Code of Conduct in workshops.

Applications to participate and receive funding are due Friday, January 10, 2020. Notice of acceptance to the Library Carpentry Workshop will be announced on or before January 31, 2020.

See full details and apply via the online application: https://nnlm.gov/nto-sea/funding/library-carpentry-professional-development-award.

For questions, please contact the NTO at nto@utah.edu or NNLM SEA at HSHSL-NLMsea@hshsl.umaryland.edu.

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The NNLM Reading Club Honors World AIDS Day

Wed, 2019-12-04 11:16

The NNLM Reading Club is pleased to recognize World AIDS Day, celebrated each December 1st. Since World AIDS Day was first observed more than 30 years ago, scientific research has led to progress in preventing and treating HIV. Even so, today millions of people live with HIV and a cure is yet to be discovered. HIV remains a health threat because people don’t know the facts about how to protect themselves and others. And those who are HIV positive live with the trauma of stigma and discrimination. Knowledge about HIV may lead to taking action to prevent its spread and also help reduce the stigma of this disease so those living with HIV receive needed support.

To help spark an important conversation about HIV/AIDS, visit the NNLM Reading Club Book Selections and Health Resources: HIV/AIDS Health. Choose one of the three featured books, then download the discussion guide, promotional materials, and corresponding HIV/AIDS information. Short on time? We’ve got you covered! Apply for a free NNLM Reading Club Book kit.

The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai | Taking Turns by MK Czerwiec | When We Rise by Cleve Jones

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Applications Open for RDM 102: Beyond Research Data Management for Biomedical and Health Sciences Librarians (Spring 2020)

Wed, 2019-12-04 11:14
Course Description

Biomedical and health sciences librarians are invited to participate in a rigorous online training course going beyond the basics of research data management, sponsored by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Training Office (NTO). This course will expand on concepts covered in RDM 101: Biomedical and Health Research Data Management Training for Librarians, and threaded throughout will be the librarian’s role in research reproducibility and research integrity. It will also include practice in using Jupyter Notebooks through an open-source browser-based application (JupyterHub) that allows users to create and share documents that contain live code, equations, visualizations, and narrative text.

The major aim of this course is to provide an introduction to the support of data science and open science with the goal of developing and implementing or enhancing data science training and services at participants’ institutions. This material is essential for decision-making and implementation of these programs, particularly instructional and reference services. The course topics include an overview of data science and open science, data literacy, data wrangling, data visualization, and data storytelling.

To have a successful experience in this course, we recommend that you are familiar with the concepts covered in RDM 101 and statistical concepts addressed in these videos:

Components
The program spans 9 weeks from February 24 – April 24, including 5 modules of asynchronous content, a catch-up week, and a synchronous online session during the week of April 20. The format includes video lectures, readings, case studies, hands-on exercises, and peer discussions. Under the guidance of a project instructor, participants will complete a Final Project to demonstrate improved skills, knowledge, and ability to support data science services at their institution. Expect to spend about 6 hours each week on coursework and the project.

Instructors

  • Shirley Zhao, MSLIS, MS, Assistant Librarian (Clinical), Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, The University of Utah
  • Leah Honor, MLIS, Education & Clinical Services Librarian, Lamar Soutter Library, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Tess Grynoch, MLIS, Research Data & Scholarly Communications Librarian, Lamar Soutter Library, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Nancy Shin, MLIS, NNLM PNR Research and Data Coordinator, Health Sciences Library, University of Washington
  • Vicky Steeves, MLIS, Librarian for Research Data Management and Reproducibility, Division of Libraries & Center for Data Science, New York University

CE Credits
Participants who complete all modules, the Final Project, and the course evaluation will receive 36 hours of Medical Library Association Continuing Education credit. No partial CE credit is granted.

What does it cost?
There is no charge for participating in the program.

Important Dates
  • Application deadline: January 10, 2020
  • Notifications begin: January 21, 2020
  • Course: February 24 – April 24, 2020
Applications

Who can apply?
Applications are open to health science information professionals working in libraries located in the US. Applicants must have previous training or experience in research data management through the RDM 101 course or attest to the objectives listed here. Enrollment is limited to 40 participants.

How to apply
Complete the online application form by January 10, 2020. The application will gather the following information:

  • Name, email address, phone number, state, place of employment, current job title.
  • Did you complete RDM 101: Biomedical and Health Research Data Management for Librarians? (It is not required for RDM 102).
  • Please briefly describe your knowledge or experience in research data management and/or data science.
  • Why do you want to take this course?

Questions?
Contact NTO.

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NLM SEA Funding Announcement: Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Project Awards

Mon, 2019-12-02 07:44

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SEA) seeks applications to support Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Projects. The purpose of the Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Award is to enable organization to address all phases of disaster management; including preparedness, mitigation, recovery, and response with the aid of information resources available from the National Library of Medicine and/or the NIH. A disaster is defined as an incident that has become so severe that it cannot be controlled or fully addressed by local resources.

Projects are encouraged to incorporate one or more of the following:

  • Increase access to high quality biomedical and health information
  • Improve the use of technology for health information access, especially to underserved and underrepresented populations
  • Improve access to library and information services
  • Prepare organizations to effectively prepare for and/or respond to disasters using evidence-based practices
  • Integrate and promote NLM’s disaster-related resources, services, and tools into educational program or continuity plans
  • Enhance disaster preparedness through education, programming, and partnerships
  • Develop solutions and mechanisms that support the continuity of health information-based services
  • Train individuals, professionals, and communities to effectively find authoritative disaster health information
  • Encourage collaboration between libraries, community, faith-based, and volunteer organizations, hospitals, and first responders to develop programs or engage in joint exercises that enhance coordination of resources in response to a disaster
  • Projects that include a biomedical information or health literacy component must incorporate National Library of Medicine resources, like PubMed, CLinicalTrials.gov, or MedlinePlus. You can refer to the NLM list of Databases, Resources, and APIs for a complete overview of resources by topic.

Amount: Up to $5,000

Awards Available: Up to ten (10) Project Awards

Application Deadline: Sunday, January 5, 2020, 11:30 PM ET

SEA staff are available for consultations. Please email NNLM SEA to schedule an appointment.

Please visit the Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Project Award for details regarding the award, eligibility, and to access the application.

 

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NNLM SEA, NDCO and NLM Holiday Schedule – Thanksgiving 2019

Wed, 2019-11-27 10:36

The NNLM SEA staff would like to wish everyone a happy and safe Thanksgiving.

NLM will be closed on Thursday, November 28, 2019 in observance of Thanksgiving.  NLM will be open for business on Friday, November 29, 2019.

NNLM SEA and NDCO offices will be closed on Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29, 2019 in observance of Thanksgiving.

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NNLM SEA Digest News – November 22, 2019

Fri, 2019-11-22 11:26

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 Opportunities

Webinars December 3 – December 6

Webinars December 10 – December 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

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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