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NNLM SEA COVID-19 Regional Awareness and Information Sharing

6 hours 45 min ago

Like many libraries and organizations across the country, NNLM SEA has transitioned to telework in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Though we are not currently working in our offices, we are striving to provide our region and members with the same level of service and support.

During this time where many libraries are providing virtual support, we know that there are also hospital librarians working on the front lines to support healthcare providers, public librarians addressing the varied concerns of their communities, and health sciences librarians helping faculty transition their courses to online formats.

We want to hear your stories and share them with our network members. Please consider sharing a story about how your library and staff have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • What steps has your library taken?
  • What is your library doing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic?
  • Do you have resource guides you can share?
  • Are you working the front line in hospitals?
  • Are you providing virtual sessions to the public to help them understand COVID-19?
  • Is there an MVP librarian you’d like us to feature?

Please email us your story or reach out to set up a time to chat by phone. Either way, we would be honored to highlight your organization’s efforts to serve during the pandemic and very grateful for the opportunity to inspire others in the process.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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New On-Demand Course Available – Cool Creative Communications: Dazzling Data Visualization

Wed, 2020-04-01 14:27

Earn MLA CEs while you practice your data visualization skills!

Data Visualization enables us to quickly glean insights and patterns from data and communicate its key aspects intuitively, persuasively, and memorably. In this session, participants will discuss the fundamental principles of effective visual data communication as they critique and evaluate existing visualizations. They will also locate sources for downloadable data, and develop simple interactive visualizations using Tableau Public, a free and popular data visualization tool.

This class is intended as a quick-start guide to creating effective data visualizations and is geared toward a general audience with no prior experience creating visualizations.

This is an online, asynchronous class, offered via Moodle, the NNLM’s learning management system.

To learn more or to register: https://nnlm.gov/class/cool-creative-communications-dazzling-data-visualization-online-demand/23692

Questions? Contact Kiri Burcat

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Staying Active and Healthy During National Minority Health Month

Wed, 2020-04-01 09:50

With Americans advised to stay in and around their homes, this National Minority Health Month (April) the Office of Minority Health (OMH) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will feature the theme Active & Healthy and focus on safe ways all communities can stay physically active and advance mental and emotional wellness.

Join OMH throughout April as we encourage everyone to stay active and support physical, mental and emotional wellness. This year, we invite everyone to join #ActiveandHealthy, a national social media campaign that will focus on ways we can stay active and healthy in and around the house while following the social distancing guidelines to stop the spread of COVID-19. Daily themes will highlight steps people can take in and around the home to maintain and sustain an active and healthy lifestyle while reducing stress and anxiety.

#ActiveandHealthy will promote and share ways we can stay active and healthy during #NMHM2020 and throughout the year. OMH is also asking individuals to use the hashtag to post their own stories, ideas or tips about staying active and healthy. The campaign will include creative ways to keep older adults and children safe and physically engaged, along with ideas to stay connected with friends, family and communities.

OMH and national partners will also use the hashtag to promote the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans and the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion’s Move Your Way campaign.

Below are ways you can get informed, get involved, and get connected this National Minority Health Month:

Join the conversation by using the hashtags and sharing your stories, tips, resources, and best practices with the community on how to stay #ActiveandHealthy around your home. Daily themes include:

  • Wellness Mondays
  • Trivia Tuesdays
  • Work Out Wednesdays
  • Throwback Thursdays
  • Family Fridays
  • Spotlight Saturdays
  • Empowerment Sunday

Take the OMH weekly Active & Healthy Quiz as part of Trivia Tuesdays via our social media channels to test your knowledge of physical activity and nutrition while also getting resources on how to stay active and support your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.

Spread the word virtually by downloading our National Minority Health Month Toolkit full of resources, sample social media messages, and downloadable graphics.

Submit your virtual community events and activities to the Office of Minority Health Events Calendar and share photos from your virtual event on social media by using the hashtags #ActiveandHealthy, #EmotionalWellness and #NMHM2020.

Sign up for email updates on OMH’s website to learn more about National Minority Health Month, and follow us on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

Remember—becoming Active & Healthy in and around your home to stay physically and mentally well, while doing your part to slow the spread of COVID-19, is possible through simple changes to your daily routine—so get involved this #NMHM2020.

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Congratulations to the 2020 MLA Awards, Grants, and Scholarships Recipients!

Tue, 2020-03-31 12:25

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2020 Medical Library Association (MLA) awards and honors in the NNLM Southeastern/Atlantic Region!

All recipients will be recognized at the Medical Library Association 2020 Annual Meeting. Visit the MLA Website for a full list of Awards, Grants and Scholarships and 2020 President’s Awards recipients.

AWARDS AND HONORS

Frank Bradway Rogers Information Advancement Award

  • Gail Kouame, Greenblatt Library, Augusta University, Augusta, GA

Janet Doe Lectureship for 2021

  • Sandra G. Franklin, AHIP, FMLA, Woodruff Health Sciences Center Library, Emory University, Atlanta, GA

Fellowships

  • Teresa L. Knott, AHIP, FMLA, Tompkins-McCaw Library of the Health Sciences, Virginia Commonwealth University–Richmond

Research Advancement in Health Sciences Librarianship Awards

  • Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences, Virginia Commonwealth University–Richmond

Rising Stars 2020–2021

  • Erin M. Smith, University Libraries, Virginia Tech–Blacksburg

Rittenhouse Award

Data Sharing Barriers during Infectious Disease Outbreaks

  • Sarah Clarke, AHIP, Darnall Medical Library, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, MD

2020 President’s Awards

The President’s Award is given to MLA members who have been selected by the association’s offices and Board of Directors for notable or important contributions that enhance the profession of health sciences librarianship or further the objectives of the association.

Futures Task Force, 2013-2014

  • Tara Douglas-Williams, AHIP, M. Delmar Edwards, M.D. Library, Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA
  • Lisa Federer, AHIP, National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD
  • Heather N. Holmes, AHIP, Libraries, MUSC Library, Medical University of South Carolina–Charleston
  • Steven L. MacCall, School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alabama–Tuscaloosa
  • Anne K. Seymour, Welch Medical Library, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
  • M.J. Tooey, AHIP, FMLA, Health Sciences & Human Services Library and Southeastern/Atlantic Region, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, University of Maryland–Baltimore

Strategic Priorities Task Force, 2015–2016

  • Teresa L. Knott, AHIP, Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences, Virginia Commonwealth University–Richmond

Rising Stars, 2016–2017

  • Tony Nguyen, AHIP, Southeastern/Atlantic Region, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Health Sciences & Human Services Library, University of Maryland–Baltimore

Communities Strategic Goal Task Force, 2016–2019

  • Teresa L. Knott, AHIP, Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences, Virginia Commonwealth University–Richmond
  • Anne K. Seymour, Welch Medical Library, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

Communities Transition Team, 2019–2020

  • Keith W. Cogdill, AHIP, NIH Library, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD
  • Shannon D. Jones, AHIP, MUSC Libraries, Medical University of South Carolina–Charleston
  • Teresa L. Knott, AHIP, Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences, Virginia Commonwealth University–Richmond
  • Beverly Murphy, AHIP, FMLA, Medical Center Library & Archives, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC
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NNLM SEA Digest News – March 27, 2020

Fri, 2020-03-27 09:42

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 April 2 – April 9

Webinars April 15 – April 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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Congratulations to the 2020 MLA Awards, Grants, and Scholarships Recipients!

Fri, 2020-03-27 08:56

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2020 Medical Library Association (MLA) awards and honors in the NNLM Southeastern/Atlantic Region!

All recipients will be recognized at the Medical Library Association 2020 Annual Meeting. Visit the MLA Website for a full list of Awards, Grants and Scholarships and 2020 President’s Awards recipients.

AWARDS AND HONORS

Frank Bradway Rogers Information Advancement Award

  • Gail Kouame, Greenblatt Library, Augusta University, Augusta, GA

Janet Doe Lectureship for 2021

  • Sandra G. Franklin, AHIP, FMLA, Woodruff Health Sciences Center Library, Emory University, Atlanta, GA

Fellowships

  • Teresa L. Knott, AHIP, FMLA, Tompkins-McCaw Library of the Health Sciences, Virginia Commonwealth University–Richmond

Research Advancement in Health Sciences Librarianship Awards

  • Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences, Virginia Commonwealth University–Richmond

Rising Stars 2020–2021

  • Erin M. Smith, University Libraries, Virginia Tech–Blacksburg

Rittenhouse Award

Data Sharing Barriers during Infectious Disease Outbreaks

  • Sarah Clarke, AHIP, Darnall Medical Library, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, MD

2020 President’s Awards

The President’s Award is given to MLA members who have been selected by the association’s offices and Board of Directors for notable or important contributions that enhance the profession of health sciences librarianship or further the objectives of the association.

Futures Task Force, 2013-2014

  • Tara Douglas-Williams, AHIP, M. Delmar Edwards, M.D. Library, Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA
  • Lisa Federer, AHIP, National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD
  • Heather N. Holmes, AHIP, Libraries, MUSC Library, Medical University of South Carolina–Charleston
  • Steven L. MacCall, School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alabama–Tuscaloosa
  • Anne K. Seymour, Welch Medical Library, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
  • M.J. Tooey, AHIP, FMLA, Health Sciences & Human Services Library and Southeastern/Atlantic Region, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, University of Maryland–Baltimore

Strategic Priorities Task Force, 2015–2016

  • Teresa L. Knott, AHIP, Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences, Virginia Commonwealth University–Richmond

Rising Stars, 2016–2017

  • Tony Nguyen, AHIP, Southeastern/Atlantic Region, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Health Sciences & Human Services Library, University of Maryland–Baltimore

Communities Strategic Goal Task Force, 2016–2019

  • Teresa L. Knott, AHIP, Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences, Virginia Commonwealth University–Richmond
  • Anne K. Seymour, Welch Medical Library, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

Communities Transition Team, 2019–2020

  • Keith W. Cogdill, AHIP, NIH Library, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD
  • Shannon D. Jones, AHIP, MUSC Libraries, Medical University of South Carolina–Charleston
  • Teresa L. Knott, AHIP, Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences, Virginia Commonwealth University–Richmond
  • Beverly Murphy, AHIP, FMLA, Medical Center Library & Archives, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC
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NNLM SEA Announces the Book Spine Poetry Contest!

Wed, 2020-03-25 10:43
Book Spine Poetry Contest

National Library Week | April 19 – 25

 

Calling all Maya Angelous, Pablo Nerudas, and Claude McKays! In honor of National Library Week and National Poetry Month, NNLM SEA is hosting a book spine poetry contest. All participants will be entered into a lottery to receive free registration to the conference of their choice*!

The Rules

  1. Grab some books (at least 3)
  2. Stack them up!
  3. Arrange the titles to create a health related poem
  4. Take a photo and share it with us!

How to Enter

Submissions will be accepted during National Library Week: Sunday April 19 – Saturday April 25.

Send us your entry on Twitter by tagging @NNLMSEA or email your submission to Liz Waltman (ewaltman@hshsl.umaryland.edu). Individuals can submit up to three times.

Have fun and we look forward to reading all the amazing poems!

 

*Conference registration is for one person, up to $1000, and is non-transferable.

Questions? Nancy Patterson is happy to assist.

 

 

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Starting April 1st: Big Data in Healthcare

Tue, 2020-03-24 12:47

Did you miss the February instance of Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles? Now is your chance to join!

We’re running an April/May session of this 6-week asynchronous course. For more information, or to register, visit https://nnlm.gov/class/big-data-healthcare-exploring-emerging-roles/23693.

Questions? Contact Kiri Burcat.

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Upcoming Webinars: Applying For NNLM SEA Project Awards

Tue, 2020-03-24 09:39

NNLM SEA will be hosting two upcoming webinars to help new applicants submit proposals for project awards offered during the 2020-2021 funding cycle. Attendees will be introduced to the Funding Toolkit, learn about current project awards currently available, and how to apply for new project awards.

Registration information for each webinar is listed below. For full details about NNLM SEA 2020-2021 project awards, please visit nnlm.gov/sea/funding.

Option 1:

Wednesday, April 8, 2020 11:30 AM – 12: 30 PM ET
https://nnlm.gov/class/applying-2020-2021-subaward-qa-option-1/23690

 

Option 2:

Thursday, April 9, 2020, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM ET
https://nnlm.gov/class/applying-2020-2021-subaward-qa-option-2/23689

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Creating a Diverse Archive: Lessons in Community Engagement from StoryCorps

Mon, 2020-03-23 15:23

This post was originally featured on the NNLM PNR Dragonfly blog

NNLM is partnering with the Public Library Association (PLA) to offer the free webinar “Creating a Diverse Archive: Lessons in Community Engagement from StoryCorps.”

When: Wednesday, March 25 2 PM ET/1 PM CT

Join StoryCorps, the national oral history project, for an in-depth look at how to engage your community and local stakeholders through storytelling.StoryCorps Logo Each year, StoryCorps collaborates with hundreds of community partners in order to record and preserve diverse voices from across the U.S. In this webinar, we’ll share insights from our partnership model, discuss StoryCorps’ efforts to create a representative archive, and provide best practices and case studies for engaging your library community through storytelling. Sponsored by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine/All of Us Community Engagement Network.

For more information and to register, please visit: http://www.ala.org/pla/education/onlinelearning/webinars/storycorps

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NNLM SEA Digest News – March 20, 2020

Fri, 2020-03-20 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 March 24 – April 2

Webinars April 7 – April 15

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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Upcoming Webinar: #citeNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon Training

Thu, 2020-03-19 14:24

Date: Thursday, April 2, 2020

Time: 2 PM ET/1 PM CT

Description: This April, join the National Network of Libraries of Medicine for the spring 2020 #citeNLM Edit-a-thon as we add citations to Wikipedia articles on preventive health and wellness using trusted National Library of Medicine resources like Genetics Home Reference, MedlinePlus, and PubMed.

In this hands-on training, attendees will gain an overview of:

  • The importance of Wikipedia as a health information resource
  • The ongoing #citeNLM Wikipedia project
  • How to participate in a #citeNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
  • Hosting an edit-a-thon for your community
  • Adding citations from trusted National Library of Medicine resources

Registration is free and can be accessed through the NNLM class instance.

For additional information, please contact Liz Waltman.

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Deadline Extension: NNLM SEA Funding Applications

Thu, 2020-03-19 09:30

In response to the many closures and interruptions to normal operations at libraries and organizations across our region, NNLM SEA has extended the deadline for 2020-2021 funding applications to Sunday, April 26, 11:00 PM PT.

For more information about the application process, please see the announcement below or visit the SEA Funding Toolkit.

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.

  • Visit the SEA Funding Opportunities page for details on all available project awards.
  • Period of Performance*: May 1, 2020 – April 30, 2021
  • Application Due Date: Sunday, April 26, 2020 11:00 PM PT
  • New This Year! Applications are only accepted via the NNLM Online Applications System. Please allow extra time to familiarize yourself with the new system requirements and watch a brief video tutorial about submitting an application.
  • Your NNLM Account MUST be tied to the correct Institutional Organization in order to apply for a project award.
  • Academic Institutions: Please consult with your Sponsored Programs Office prior to applying for any project award. If your Sponsored Programs Office insists on submitting an application, they must create an NNLM Account prior to the submission deadline.
  • Refer to the SEA Funding Toolkit to help you develop your proposal.

* Due to the extension for proposals, we understand that projects will likely not begin May 1.

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.

Visit the SEA Funding Opportunities page for details on all available project awards. 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, 2021. For 2020-2021, the project award categories include:

  • Professional Development: To enable individuals at SEA Network member institutions to expand professional knowledge and experience to provide improved health information access to healthcare providers and consumers. Amount: Up to $1,500
  • 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
  • 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

NNLM SEA staff are available for consultation and training on applicable NLM resources and potential projects. Someone will respond within three business days.

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Disaster Resource Planning for Public Libraries: Mobile Computer Lab to Augment Capabilities

Wed, 2020-03-18 10:43

Guest Post By: Catherine Graham, Humanity Road

During a training at the Virginia Halifax County-South Boston Public Library Crystal Chavis demonstrates the Chromebooks being offered under the mobile augmentation laboratory to librarians from surrounding counties. (Photo Credit: Humanity Road)

The Mobile Communications and Computer Augmentation Laboratory supports local libraries with training and enhanced communications and technology. The project was designed by Humanity Road to improve community access to information. It enables communities to make informed decisions about their health preparedness and recovery planning. The training and equipment being provided under this program augments rural community capabilities.

Just in Time Information

Humanity Road conducted the training and provided the technology under the National Library of Medicine Technology grant program. “We view the libraries as serving in a unique and qualified role in preparing for and responding to disaster with just in time information” says Cat Graham, Chief Operations Officer for Humanity Road. “The rural communities of Virginia do not always have access to computers or Wi-Fi. The program enables Humanity Road to partner with communities to augment their current technology and assist them in improving their personal readiness plans.”

Using the mobile laboratory tools, Crystal Chavis conducts the tabletop exercise for the South Boston, VA library. Humanity Road also leveraged a special deck of cards for role playing during the simulated disaster. (Photo credit: Humanity Road)

In January and February, Humanity Road delivered the disaster resource training to library staff from eight Virginia counties including Halifax, Pittsylvania, Nottaway, Prince Edward, Franklin, Henry, Martinsville and Meherrin.

“When disasters strike, the community often turns to libraries for access to information” says Becky Walker from Meherrin Library. “The training was excellent and timely, especially in light of Coronavirus. It’s reassuring that we can serve as a resource to the public, ensuring they have the right information needed in the face of disaster.” Ms. Walker serves as Director for the Meherrin Regional Library System in Lawrenceville, VA.

Crystal Chavis, Chief Data Analyst and Business Continuity Lead for Humanity Road conducted the business continuity training for the class and spoke with the students about the 2018 National Level Exercise (NLE). In the NLE for 2018, Humanity Road conducted a business continuity field exercise and simulated launching a community emergency response center at the local Mecklenburg library in Boydton, VA. Libraries have an opportunity to help ensure essential services continue when disaster strikes their community.

It wasn’t long before the training was being leveraged. Chris Baker, the Library Branch Manager in South Boston, VA attended the training in January. “A few days after the training, an earthquake struck Jamaica. A local citizen here in South Boston, VA came in and said ‘I’ve been able to get a hold of some family but not all of them’. Our library team went into action”. Said Chris, “We started to confirm ways to reach out and connect them. We were using social media and the Jamaica XM radio DJ and it worked. It was really cool because since then we’ve been able to keep up with his family. It was very rewarding to reconnect them.”

Lessons Learned

The project team walked away with several lessons learned. The original mobile lab kit included ten laptops but after performing a pilot test on one laptop and one Chromebook we changed the kit to chrome books. The chrome books were less expensive, easier to maintain, lighter, and with fewer programs to power, they had a longer battery life. It dramatically reduced the equipment expense for our project which enabled us to fill more training seats.

Another critical discovery was that more librarians wanted access to the training. In many cases, they were interested in attending the class but did not have the ability to attend in person due to schedule conflicts. We also received some really great feedback from the students. While asking for feedback and recommendations, some library staff asked if we could conduct the training for county administrators who are responsible for setting the disaster response policies for their libraries.

“We consider the program a great success” shares Chris Thompson, President of Humanity Road. “If we can shorten the recovery period for the local communities by providing a resource center sooner, then we have accomplished a great thing.” Libraries in Virginia interested in the training or booking the computer lab can contact Humanity Road via email team@humanityroad.org

About Humanity Road

Humanity Road, located in Boydton, VA is an award winning top rated 501c3 nonprofit. They were recognized at the White House by the Department of Homeland Security for its contribution to disaster response and by the United Nations as one of the top 100 innovative humanitarian aid organizations in the world. Volunteers interested in supporting their work can learn more at https://www.humanityroad.org/get-involved.

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Citizen Science At Your Library

Tue, 2020-03-17 10:46

Our partners at Arizona State University and SciStarter have asked we share the brief survey below. The goal is to have at least 100 libraries (of all types – academic, public, school, health sciences) state that they have interest in moving forward with more Citizen Science programs in a box/kits moving forward in 2021.

With support from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), Arizona State University and SciStarter have spent the past 2+ years developing and field testing resources for libraries,to introduce citizen science and field-testing kits to their communities. Within the STEM realm, citizen science enables people from all walks of life to actively contribute to real scientific research.

Our pilot project has expanded throughout the state of AZ, thanks to mini grants offered by Arizona State Library, Archives, and Public Records and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) and we are eager to get a sense of the levels of interest and commitment from more libraries across the country!

Please complete the brief survey by March 20, 2020: https://forms.gle/3f9qsEMjM4E6NwKE9

We appreciate your interest and commitment to supporting public engagement in science and hope that we can work together in the near future!

Sincerely,

The ASU-SciStarter team

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NNLM SEA COVID-19 Regional Awareness and Information Sharing

Mon, 2020-03-16 13:13

Like many libraries and organizations across the country, NNLM SEA has transitioned to telework in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Though we are not currently working in our offices at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, we strive to continue providing our region and members with the same high level of service and support. 

As we all consider how to continue providing the best possible support to our patrons, we would like to hear from you. Please consider sharing in the comments section of this post.  

  • What steps has your library or organization taken thus far in response to COVID-19?
  • Has your library or organization created a resource guide for your community?  

For information about COVID-19, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases websites to receive the latest updates on the virus, what you should know, what you can do to prevent the spread of the disease and more. You can also sign up for the CDC’s newsletter to receive weekly updates about COVID-19.

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NNLM SEA Digest News – March 13, 2020

Fri, 2020-03-13 10:49

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 March 17 – March 19

Webinars March 24 – April 2

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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NNLM SEA Digest News – March 6, 2020

Fri, 2020-03-06 09:42

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 March 9 – March 11

Webinars March 12 – March 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

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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Free Upcoming Webinar: Citizen Science Month (and Beyond)! @ Your Library

Wed, 2020-03-04 08:25

When: Friday, March 6, 2020 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET.

Where: Online only

About: Citizen science can build upon your existing STEM programs or introduce a whole new world of STEM engagement opportunities for library patrons. From tracking species migrations to measuring light pollution or searching online for new galaxies, citizen science invites patrons to engage in REAL research projects and contribute to scientific knowledge. Discover how libraries are serving as community hubs for citizen science with support from the National Library of Medicine, SciStarter and Arizona State University’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society. We invite you to join this free, interactive webinar “Citizen Science Month and Beyond!” and discover how you can access the many FREE resources to help introduce, facilitate, or promote citizen science in your library…yes, even THIS April!

Learn more about citizen science at CitizenScienceMonth.org.

Register in advance for this webinar:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_suwQ2J1RQjCqkzJcVhiHYA

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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Tornado Strikes Nashville and Middle Tennessee

Tue, 2020-03-03 10:23

Our thoughts are with the Nashville community today as they face repairs and recovery from the destructive tornado that struck overnight. If you are in or around the hard-hit area, please let us know by phone or email how you are faring and if there is anything we can do to help.

At a Glance

  • A tornado struck parts of Nashville and central Tennessee early Tuesday morning, March 3, 2020. 
  • Nine individuals have been reported dead across four counties: Davidson, Putnam, Benton, and Wilson
  • Approximately 50,000 households and businesses were left without power
  • At least 45 buildings collapsed in Nashville and multiple other buildings sustained damage, primarily in the downtown and east precincts
  • The National Weather Service said that as of 2:50 a.m., there were no longer tornado warnings in middle Tennessee

State and Territory Resources

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

Tennessee

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

Reliable Resources for Tornado Preparedness & Response

Mobile Apps

NNLM SEA Resources

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