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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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EFTS: Electronic Fund Transfer System Update

Thu, 2019-11-21 14:10

The Electronic Fund Transfer System (EFTS) is an online billing system for interlibrary loan (ILL) transactions. EFTS collects an ILL charge from a borrowing library, on behalf of the lending library, and pays it to the lender, less a transaction fee.

  • Participating libraries are able to exchange funds for the payment of ILLs instead of creating their own invoices and writing checks to each other.
  • EFTS only processes the financial component of ILL transactions between a borrower and a lender, using ILL transaction information provided to EFTS by the lender.
  • The National Library of Medicine (NLM) DOCLINE platform is the preferred service to match a lender with a borrower.
  • The fulfillment of the ILL by the lender is managed outside of EFTS and DOCLINE, by the lender.

EFTS is currently operated by the University of Connecticut Health Center (UCHC) and has been since 1996, when UCHC and NLM collaborated to create EFTS.

On May 22, 2019, UCHC informed EFTS users that UCHC would regretfully cease EFTS operations on December 31, 2019, a date later extended to December 31, 2020. This announcement has understandably created major concerns for the many libraries that depend on the EFTS service. Since this announcement, MLA, UCHC, and NLM have collaborated on an MLA solution to launch a new and enhanced EFTS platform. UCHC has agreed to extend the current EFTS operations until MLA’s EFTS platform is operational, to ensure a continuity of service.

MLA has developed the specifications of a new EFTS platform. MLA will proceed with actual development and implementation if a minimum of 750 users sign up for the new platform by January 10, 2020. Users can pay for the cost of the US $275 Activation Fee from their existing EFTS account at UCHC*.

For information on the new EFTS features, enhancements, and fees, and to request a user agreement, please consult the EFTS information page. To request a user agreement, go to MLANET.

* Payment of the US $275 is due only if MLA proceeds with the actual development. MLA will notify signed up users of its decision, at which time payment of the activation fee will be due.

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NNLM SEA Digest News – November 15, 2019

Fri, 2019-11-15 09:56

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 November 18 – November 20

Webinars November 21 – December 3

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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NLM Training: In Case of Emergencies: Continuity of Operations (COOP) Planning

Thu, 2019-11-14 13:46

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce a new online course “In Case of Emergencies: Continuity of Operations (COOP) Planning.” This asynchronous online course defines and describes COOP planning and why it is important for libraries to have a continuity plan. This course also provides a one-page COOP plan template with instructions that librarians or information specialists can use to develop their own plan.

This self-paced course fulfills one of the requirements of the Medical Library Association (MLA) Disaster Information Specialization, and provides four MLA continuing education (CE) credits.

This course was developed by Dan Wilson, Associate Director for Collections & Library Services / School of Nursing Librarian, Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, University of Virginia. Dan is the former coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) Emergency Preparedness Initiative.

Review the NLM Disaster Information Management (DIMRC) Training Course page to see a list of free online courses, and to learn how you can earn the MLA Disaster Information Specialist certificate.

Take the course here: https://www.nlm.nih.gov/dis_courses/coop/

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Libraries as Partners in Health: Memphis Public Library

Wed, 2019-11-13 11:16

Date: Tuesday December 3, 2019

Time: 2:00PM-3:00PM ET

Description 

All of Us in Memphis is a two-year initiative focused on increasing the health literacy of the Greater Memphis community by providing educational programs and resources through the Memphis Public Library.  The All of Us project team developed a framework to increase health literacy which included building the capacity of the library staff to provide health information services, augmenting health programming and establishing health information kiosks.

After attending this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss ways to increase health literacy in their communities through programming and partnerships
  • Identify health-related program ideas & best practices

Presenter

Andrea Jacobo is the project coordinator for the All of Us in Memphis initiative with the Memphis Library Foundation and public library system. Since 2018, she has been organizing, planning, and implementing programs and resources to improve health literacy among patrons of the Memphis Public Library. Andrea is currently a Doctor of Public Health student at the University of California. She earned a bachelor in exercise physiology from the University of Miami and a Master’s of Public Health from the University of Memphis. Before joining UC Berkeley, Andrea worked in Memphis for five years where she focused on building a healthier, vibrant community via interdisciplinary collaboration, increasing food access, and addressing the root causes of health disparities through policy, systems, and environment.

Registration is free and can be accessed at: https://nnlm.gov/class/libraries-partners-health-memphis-public-library/19580

For additional information, please contact April Wright.

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Funding Spotlight: Exhibiting at the Area Agency on Aging Senior Lifestyles Expo

Tue, 2019-11-12 11:20

Written By: Rachel F. Fenske, Information Services/Outreach Librarian, USA Charles M. Baugh Biomedical Library 

The University of South Alabama Charles M. Baugh Biomedical Library provided a wealth of health information to the senior citizens of the Mobile, AL community at the annual Area Agency on Aging Senior Lifestyles Expo. The exhibit, held at the Greater Gulf States Fairgrounds on October 3, 2019, was bustling with approximately 1100 senior citizens from the community, including many veterans. This annual event brings resources that provide services to the senior community in one of the largest venues in the area. Receiving an All of Us Exhibitor Award through NNLM SEA, I was able to bring awareness of the All of Us Research Program to my community, as well as the vast array of health information from the National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health.  Our booth, located in a large corner of the exhibit hall, drew hundreds to our area. This year’s theme, “We are Local—Connect, Create, Contribute”, was a perfect way to introduce the All of Us Research Program and connect with the senior community to promote better health outcomes.

Demonstrations in the use of MedlinePlus and other NLM resources were provided using an Ipad as participants were strolling through the exhibit. There were 16 demonstrations reaching 34 people with 198 people registering for a prize drawing. Over 500 people visited our booth. Many questions were asked about various health conditions and having the ability to distribute current, quality information in the form of bookmarks, brochures, and pamphlets on conditions that are prevalent in my community was extremely helpful. The participants were very eager to learn about MedlinePlus as many were not aware of the free consumer friendly health resource.

The exhibit won 1st prize in the education category among 57 vendors present. I was very pleased at the energetic and inquisitive reception we received, as this event reaches a population where health needs are the greatest. Being involved in this exhibit enabled me to provided extensive quality health resources and proved to be a very engaging and productive method of outreach services that reached a large number of senior citizens at a single given time.

Participation at the exhibit also allowed me to network with many local agencies that assist the senior community. Providing information on the types of outreach services I can offer extends my outreach in the form of future health workshops for my community. It is always fun to be an exhibitor at this event and I was very grateful to receive NNLM SEA funding to promote the All of Us Research Program and the myriad of free resources through the National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health. My community has become better informed with easy to use, current, and quality health resources that enables them to live a healthier more productive lifestyle.

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NNLM SEA Digest News – November 8, 2019

Fri, 2019-11-08 10:40

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 November 13 – November 15

Webinars November 18 – November 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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An Overhauled Grants and Proposal Writing On-Demand Class is Now Live

Thu, 2019-11-07 15:39

Jarrod Irwin, Consumer Health Coordinator of NNLM SEA

We are excited to announce an updated version of our Grants and Proposal Writing On Demand course! The updates went live in Moodle on Monday, September 30.

The course content has been overhauled to make it more current, relevant, and useful to as many grant-seekers as possible. In particular, it now includes material about grants for projects with intended audiences of marginalized or vulnerable populations.

The lessons are interspersed with questions and brainstorming activities that allow you to reinforce and apply what you are learning. The course includes five short assignments, a mix of discussions with classmates and practice with certain aspects of planning a project and writing a grant proposal to fund it.

The course is also reorganized for easier use as a guide for the process of applying for grants. We hope this will make it a useful reference after you have completed the class itself. The class is organized into four sections: Envisioning Your Grant Project, Choosing a Funding Source, Preparing to Write a Proposal, and Writing the Proposal.

As before, the course is self-paced. You can enroll at any time and work on it whenever you like. Check out the course page for further information.

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NIH Requests Public Comment on a Draft Policy for Data Management and Sharing and Supplemental Draft Guidance

Thu, 2019-11-07 10:23

Yesterday, NIH released a Draft NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing and supplemental draft guidance for public comment. The purpose of this draft policy and supplemental draft guidance is to promote effective and efficient data management and sharing that furthers NIH’s commitment to making the results and accomplishments of the research it funds and conducts available to the public. Complete information about the draft Policy and draft supplemental guidance can be found on the NIH OSP website.

Stakeholder feedback is essential to ensure that any future policy maximizes responsible data sharing, minimizes burden on researchers, and protects the privacy of research participants.  Stakeholders are invited to comment on any aspect of the draft policy, the supplemental draft guidance, or any other considerations relevant to NIH’s data management and sharing policy efforts that NIH should consider.

To facilitate commenting, NIH has established a web portal that can be accessed here. To ensure consideration, comments must be received no later than January 10, 2020.

For additional details about NIH’s thinking on this issue, please see Dr. Carrie Wolinetz’ latest Under the Poliscope blog:

NIH’s DRAFT Data Management and Sharing Policy: We Need to Hear From You!

NIH will also be hosting a webinar on the draft policy in the near future. Please stay tuned for details.

Questions may be sent to SciencePolicy@mail.nih.gov.

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NMLM Feature: Open House at SRHS Health Sciences Library

Wed, 2019-11-06 11:56

Tonia Harris, Manager of Library Services, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System Health Sciences Library

The Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System’s Health Sciences Library, opened in 1961, is located on the system’s main campus and has moved two times in that time span. In our last location, we lost half the library space to build an auditorium next door. We moved to our current location in April 2019 to a space less than half the size we moved from. With the move to the new space, the entire print journal collection was recycled along with about half the book collection. While it is smaller, the new library space has more windows, bright LED lighting, vinyl tile flooring and is centrally located in the main building of the hospital. We were able to keep the same amount of computers which also includes an internet-only kiosk computer. I am the librarian and the only staff for this library serving this small, multi-hospital system.

To garner awareness and publicity along with celebrating National Medical Library Month, the SRHS Health Sciences Library held a four hour Open House Drop-In on October 17, 2019, which is also Get to Know Your Customer Day.  After posting messages to MEDLIB-L and HLS-List looking for ideas, I incorporated several suggestions into the event. I purchased a small helium tank to use for balloons taped to cardstock fliers that were placed throughout the hospital the morning of the event. Chocolate chip cookies with napkins and a bowl of snack size chocolate candy were provided. To simplify procedures and circumvent utilizing hospital catering, drinks were not included. As a door prize to draw people in, I purchased three $10 Chick-Fil-A gift cards for a drawing to be held a week after the event. People who dropped by filled out a library related word-find puzzle game to be entered into the drawing. They were able to complete the form on the spot, drop it off later, send it by interoffice mail, fax it, or scan and email it by the deadline. I found a website online to make the game. I wanted the words to include the location, my name, names of resources offered, names of items located in the library, etc., to help people ‘remember’ the library, staff and services it provides. One of the library’s vendors who provides databases and point of care resources sent pens, mechanical pencils and post-it-notes as ‘freebie gifts’. A handout with a bullet point list of all library services was provided along with handouts for individual electronic resources. I downloaded various items from the MLA website such as bookmarks and posters. The hospital’s copy center printed these on cardstock. MedlinePlus bookmarks were also provided. Marketing for the event consisted of three email blasts containing the event announcement to various hospital email departments beginning a week before the event. The event announcement was also sent to every hospital department via interoffice mail. The hospital’s intranet page has a news and events section and the event announcement was added there. The hospital’s marketing department also emailed the event announcement globally a little over a week before the event. While specific stats weren’t kept and a sign-in sheet was not used, I estimate 50-75 people stopped by. These included physicians, residents, nurses, VP of Nursing for hospital system, allied health personnel and also a president from one of the hospitals in the system.

I have received positive feedback regarding the event including the word-find puzzle game. People seemed impressed with the space although it is smaller than the previous library space. This is the first time such an event has been held in almost 30 years. It is undetermined if National Medical Library Month will be celebrated annually in the future. Perhaps in 2021, I will have a 60th anniversary library reception during National Medical Library Month. However for this year, the new library space and its services were showcased, the open house drop-in was an overwhelming success. If you’re interested in reading MEDLIB-L and HLS-List responses to my postings about the open house, please click here.

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Announcing the November 2019 NNLM Reading Club Book Selections

Tue, 2019-11-05 09:50

Knowing your family’s health history paints a picture of potential health problems from one generation to the next. This knowledge is a powerful tool for early detection or prevention of diseases you may be at risk for. Want to learn how to find and share your family health history with your doctor? Let National Family Health History Day on Thanksgiving Day help get the conversation started this holiday season and throughout the year.

For November 2019, the NNLM Reading Club announces three new NNLM Reading club books. Visit Book Selections and Health Resources for Family Health History to download book discussion guides, promotional materials and corresponding family health history information… or to apply for a free NNLM Reading Club Book Kit!

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NNLM SEA Digest News – November 1, 2019

Fri, 2019-11-01 10:41

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 November 5 – November 13

Webinars November 15 – November 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

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NMLM Feature: Chocolate Therapy is Short-Lived

Thu, 2019-10-31 09:55

Megan Bell, Reference Librarian, University of Alabama at Birmingham

My sister and I are on our way to run errands together. She is wearing an amusing shirt. As she steps out of her room, I read her shirt. “Where did you get the shirt,” I ask. “I don’t remember,” she nonchalantly replies. As we walk through stores some people, stop her and say, “wait, let me see what your shirt says.” Others glance at her shirt and nod their heads or smirk as we pass by. What has piqued so much attention?  My sister’s shirt says, “Chocolate is cheaper than therapy.” Well, as a medical librarian this little phrase piqued my attention, too.  Is chocolate truly therapeutic?  What does the literature say?

Chocolate is a sweet treat that has touched several continents. Although it originated in Mexico with the Mayas, Incas and Aztecs, today it is primarily produced in West Africa, Indonesia and Sri Lanka. The United States and Europe are leading consumers. In fact, a British company created the first chocolate bar in 1847.  Why is this delicacy humorously promoted as an alternative to therapy?

Scientist are unsure what it is about chocolate exactly, but a few studies offer some clues. Chocolate contains several drug compounds that effect the human body and mind.  One study suggests the immediate effects of eating chocolate contributes to people’s habit of eating it to cope with stress. Stress is anything interfering with your optimal mental and physical health.  It can be internal, such as health problems, or external, such relationship problems. Scientists know physical stressors increase the body’s requirement for energy and nutrition; however, they do not clearly understand the exact nutritional needs emotional stressors cause. In other words, when we experience stress, our body has a greater demand for energy and nutrition; since we want an immediate fix, we turn to chocolate.

Although chocolate helps improve one’s mood or at least helps the consumer feel less negative, the mood benefits of chocolate are short-lived. In fact, although chocolate reduces tiredness, elevates mood and elicits joy, the effects last less than 30 minutes. In addition, in order to get the euphoric feeling you need to consume chocolate mindfully. In other words, do not just pop chocolate in your mouth. Instead, smell it. Notice the color. If you give conscious thought to the food you are consuming, and you will get more pleasure from it.

What is another reason people eat chocolate? Another study suggests palatable chocolate, or chocolate that is pleasant to taste as opposed to bitter or non-sweet chocolate, causes the body to release endorphin, a chemical substance that relieves pain and gives a feeling of well-being. Researchers propose it is the release of this chemical which contributes to mood elevation. This means eating sweet chocolate causes our bodies to release a chemical substance that makes us feel better.

It turns out science supports my sister’s shirt; chocolate may be cheaper than therapy, but the effects do not last as long.

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