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NMLM Feature: Yoga, Tai Chi Research Shows Public Librarians Already Know

9 hours 45 min ago

Jonathan Dolce, Branch Supervisor, Lake County Library System, Astor & Paisley County Libraries

Yoga: the numbers are in

According to a recent ALA-YaTsALL (Yoga and Tai Chi Sessions for America’s Limber Librarians) survey, 21% of librarians are now offering public yoga and tai chi sessions. Statistically, this marks the highest level of public library interest in fitness in recorded history. “It only made sense, really” says lead researcher Ben Denstretch.

“We have already been doing yoga and tai chi all these years. We simply had to put names with the repetitive poses we perform during our daily work. Hatha, ashtanga, even bikram when the a/c goes out – we’ve done it all!”

As a result, the increased popularity of yoga and tai chi in libraries has decreased membership in gyms. Sadly, local chambers of commerce have noted this shift: “Many former instructors are struggling, and switching industries”. One instructor says, “It’s good that I double majored. I still have massage therapy to fall back on.”

The Future of Massage Therapy and Libraries

These are in fact prophetic words. State librarian, Oma Gutness says, “Oh! Massage therapy? Yes, at every conference, we always have massage therapists on hand for our attendees!” Currently, librarians are taking advantage of online databases – that tax payers pay for – that demonstrate massage therapy techniques. One bubbly librarian says, “We are expanding our programming reach into the untapped demographic of desk weary executives who would otherwise not patronize libraries. I mean, who doesn’t want a massage after a hard day of spreadsheets and email?!”

Below, Chart A demonstrates common public library yoga poses. Chart B demonstrates common library Tai Chi movements.

Enjoy your work. You are already masters. Namaste.

Chart A:

Chart B:

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NNLM SEA Digest News – October 18, 2019

Fri, 2019-10-18 10:22

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 October 22 – October 29

Webinars November 5 – November 13

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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Learn the Basics of Consumer Health in the Stand Up For Health Class

Wed, 2019-10-16 10:28

Jarrod Irwin, Consumer Health Coordinator, NNLM SEA

On September 12, I had the privilege of attending Stand Up for Health, a class taught by my colleague Bobbi Newman in the Greater Midwest Region. I attended as preparation for teaching the class in the Southeastern/Atlantic Region. Stand Up for Health gives an introduction to consumer health, covering topics like finding health information on a variety of topics, handling conversations with library patrons about health questions, and programming ideas related to health and wellness.

To me, the most beneficial part was hearing from everyone about their libraries’ current health programming. The class was invited to write down health-related programs or projects that their libraries have done, then post these on the wall where we were meeting. The wall was covered with dozens of these notes. Besides the excellent program ideas that people shared, it was inspiring to see all the labor and energy that libraries devote to consumer health represented in this way.

This class is also a great professional-development option for public librarians who are interested in health information. By completing this class, you fulfill all requirements for the Level 1 Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) offered by MLA. The Level 1 CHIS shows that you are knowledgeable in competencies that MLA has identified as important to consumer health. NNLM will sponsor your CHIS certificate so you can obtain it at no cost to yourself; see this webpage for information about CHIS sponsorship.

Stand Up for Health is limited to public library staff, but NNLM offers classes that cover similar content for other library staff as well. In particular, Beyond an Apple a Day and Health and Wellness @ the Library can be useful to you.

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NMLM Feature: Mental Health Day

Thu, 2019-10-10 10:06

Pratt Chat blog by Lauren Read

Mental Health Day

October is Health Literacy Month, and this post serves to highlight mental health, which often is given shorter shrift. 10 October’s commemoration as World Mental Health Day has sparked further interest in exploring and sharing the topic.

The 2019 theme of World Mental Health Day is “Working Together to Prevent Suicide.”  Suicide is an astounding public health issue. No demographic is immune to depression and its effects, and the statistics are most harrowing for young adults.  About 50% of suicide attempts involve major depressive disorder; 90% involve some diagnosable (and treatable) psychiatric disorder.

If this information has gotten you concerned, the good news is that there is plenty to do about it. Recognizing and treating (with or without pharmacology) depression and poor mental health is key. Building and maintaining personal connection and relationships can make the difference between feeling supported and seeming utterly alone. So whether you are in need or know someone who may be, regular communication makes all the difference. Be a life-line and potentially save a life!

One local group that has community education for talking with individuals in need as well as crucial support groups for survivors of suicide attempts and survivors of suicide loss is the Maryland chapter of the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention. The World Health Organization, which supports World Mental Health Day, has a wealth of information as well. And an easy-to-remember suicide crisis hotline is simply dialing 2-1-1.

The Pratt has a substantial research guide for Senior Mental Health Awareness in particular.  Of course, we have numerous books and other materials that cover mental health and suicide prevention. Pennsylvania Avenue Branch has an upcoming program for men and for women with expert-facilitated conversations on living with mental illness. And – not to be understated – increasing one’s social capital through the human connections fostered in “third places” such as the library is always a good thing. Be well.

Lauren Read is celebrating 10 years a librarian, having studied at Boston University (BA) and Rutgers University (MLIS) and having enjoyed an interesting, winding career path that has led to her present position in the Business, Science, and Technology Department at Enoch Pratt Free Library’s majestic Central Library. She walks to work from her home in Baltimore, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Patience & Fortitude, cats named after NYPL’s lions.

 

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Increase Information Literacy: Host a Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon

Wed, 2019-10-09 13:58

Liz Waltman, Outreach, Education, and Communications Coordinator, NNLM SEA
April Wright, All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator, NNLM SEA

NNLM’s mission “to improve the public’s access to information to facilitate making informed decisions about their health” relies on building the skills of consumers and librarians in finding, reading, understanding, and using authoritative health information.

Information literacy, and more precisely related to NNLM’s mission, health information literacy, is a practice. As with any skill, information literacy must be learned, practiced, refined, and used for school assignments, looking critically at the news, and evaluating websites. In this regard, Wikipedia edit-a-thons are excellent tools for teaching and learning information literacy skills – they require that participants assess existing information, decide where changes need to be made, and add citations to relevant and authoritative sources.

This fall, join NNLM in our ongoing #citeNLM campaign by hosting a Wikipedia edit-a-thon at your organization. By hosting an event you will be joining a network of librarians, health professionals, and students from around the country working to improve the quality of mental health articles on Wikipedia using trusted National Library of Medicine resources. To get you started, we have created a Guide for Organizers that will walk you through the steps of hosting your own edit-a-thon. In this toolkit you will find an overview of the #citeNLM project, a comprehensive planning checklist, sample marketing materials, and a guide to share with your participants. We also invite you to attend our training session on Thursday, October where you will have the opportunity to ask questions, learn more information, and connect with the #citeNLM community.

No matter if you host your own event or join us for our virtual edit-a-thon on November 20, we look forward to working with you to improve mental health information on Wikipedia! Check out nnlm.gov/wiki to learn more about the project and make sure to follow along on Twitter with the hashtag #citeNLM to ask questions, post photos, and share your Wikipedia experience.

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Explore Health Literacy with the NNLM Reading Club

Mon, 2019-10-07 09:56

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

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

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

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

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NNLM SEA Digest News – October 4, 2019

Fri, 2019-10-04 13:54

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 October 9 – October 15

Webinars October 16 – October 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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Request for Information (RFI): Evolving the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (UG4)

Tue, 2019-10-01 15:54

Notice Number: NOT-LM-19-005

Key Dates
Release Date: October 1, 2019
Response Date: December 02, 2019

Related Announcements
None

Issued by
National Library of Medicine (NLM)

Purpose

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) seeks new ideas to help improve access to health information and help inform the design of the NNLM request for applications for the 2021-2026 project period. The NNLM is managed by the National Library of Medicine.

This Request for Information (RFI) offers health sciences and public libraries, health professionals, public health workers, community organizations, and the public the opportunity to provide information about how the NNLM can best provide U.S. health professionals with better access to biomedical information and improve the public’s access to trusted health information. A fact sheet summarizing the NNLM program is available.

Background

The NNLM is a key partner in helping NLM achieve the vision outlined in the NLM Strategic Plan 2017-2027 “to reach more people in more ways through enhanced dissemination and engagement pathways.” In addition, NLM seeks to enhance its research, development, training, and information services to make more biomedical data findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable (FAIR), to invent the tools and services to turn data and information into knowledge and insight, and to develop the workforce for this work. Implementing this vision will require new partnerships and ways to engage with stakeholders in the public and private sectors, including researchers, librarians, health professionals, entrepreneurs and innovators, underserved communities, and the public.

Through its products and services, NLM supports researchers, health care providers, librarians, and members of the public who seek current and trusted biomedical information and data. NLM’s many databases, tools, and services, including PubMedMedlinePlusClinicalTrials.govHazardous Substances Data BankGenetics Home Referencedatabase of Genotypes and PhenotypesUnified Medical Language Systemcover health, genetics, drugs, chemicals, and many other topics. Effective community engagement is critical to assuring the NLM resources reach its wide range of audiences — from librarians to researchers and clinicians, from teenagers to their parents and seniors, from policymakers to the public. Engagement encompasses promoting awareness of available information resources, developing an understanding of users’ information needs, facilitating access and ensuring the ability to use information resources. NLM will continue to leverage the 7,500+ member organizations of the NNLM, which act as trusted ambassadors between NLM and the communities they serve. NLM also partners with the NNLM to enable a new generation of data-ready librarians and informationists to transform libraries into hubs for data literacy.

The Medical Library Assistance Act of 1965 (MLAA, P.L. 89-291) established the NNLM to assist the development of medical libraries’ services and to facilitate the dissemination and use of information related to health sciences. Over time, a growing emphasis has been placed on increasing the impact of the NNLM through partnerships with NLM and member organizations, including health sciences, hospital, academic, and public libraries, as well as health professionals, data organizations, and community-based organizations. The NNLM is coordinated by the NLM Office of Engagement and Training, working through the National Network Steering Committee. See The Nation’s Health Information Network: History of the Regional Medical Library Program, 1965-1985, and an historical overview of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, 1985-2015 for more information.

The NNLM provides convenient access to biomedical and health information resources for U.S. health professionals, researchers, educators, and the public. As a core component of NLM outreach, the NNLM seeks to reduce health disparities and improve health information literacy, by providing funding, professional development, and learning opportunities for NNLM members.

The NNLM comprises eight Regional Medical Libraries funded via 5-year competitive cooperative agreements. The Regional Medical Libraries engage with 7,500+ members (for a map and more information about each region and its members/partners, see NNLM Regions). Five national offices provide professional services to support the NNLM in achieving its national initiatives, as well as serve regional needs: the NNLM DOCLINE Coordination Office, the NNLM Web Services Office, the NNLM Training Office, the NNLM Evaluation Office, and the NNLM Public Health Coordination Office. The current structure has enabled the NNLM to launch several national initiatives, including a focus on data science and a series of new or enhanced partnerships with the NIH All of Us Research Program, the NLM HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Program (ACIOP), and public libraries and public library associations. From the first two partnerships, new NNLM centers have been created: the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network, the All of Us Training & Education Center, and the NNLM ACIOP Coordinating Center.

Information Requested

NLM seeks input from current and potential user communities to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of the NNLM. We’re interested in your responses to the following topics and other suggestions.

Priorities, Strategies, Partnerships

  1. Priorities NNLM should address. Consider themes related to the NLM Strategic Plan 2017-2027.
  2. Strategies to reach new and existing audiences more effectively, especially minority and underserved populations.
  3. Effective ways to partner with libraries, health organizations, and community organizations to reach health professionals, researchers, and the public.
  4. The top three health information outreach priorities for your organization in the next five years.
  5. Important new partnership opportunities for the NNLM.

Outreach Programs, Engagement, and Training

  1. New outreach roles and outreach opportunities and barriers for the NNLM.
  2. NNLM programs, activities, or other components that are of less significance and/or might be considered for elimination.
  3. Strategies to support staff at NNLM member organizations in their knowledge and ability to support NLM products and services.
  4. Types of NNLM engagement activities to promote NLM’s wide array of offerings to all audiences.
  5. Contribution of resource sharing to the NNLM’s mission to promote access to biomedical and or health information.

Membership, NNLM Structure, Service Coordination

  1. Responsibilities and benefits of NNLM membership.
  2. Types of organizations that could be potential members for the NNLM.
  3. Structure of the NNLM steering committee, which currently consists of leaders of the Regional Medical Libraries, national offices, NNLM centers, and NLM.
  4. The geographical configuration of the NNLM. A tool and map are available to help you develop and submit suggestions.
  5. Services of the NNLM that could be coordinated nationally. Services that are best coordinated at a local or regional level.

How to Submit a Response

All responses to this RFI must be submitted to NLMEPLM@mail.nlm.nih.gov by December 2, 2019. Please limit your comments to no more than 3 pages.

Responses to this RFI are voluntary and may be submitted anonymously. Please do not include any personally identifiable or other information that you do not wish to make public. Proprietary, classified, confidential, or sensitive information should not be included in responses. The Government will use the information submitted in response to this RFI at its discretion. The Government reserves the right to use any submitted information on public websites, in reports, in summaries of the state of the science, in any possible resultant solicitation(s), grant(s), or cooperative agreement(s), or in the development of future funding opportunity announcements. This RFI is for informational and planning purposes only and is not a solicitation for applications or an obligation on the part of the Government to provide support for any ideas identified in response to it. Please note that the Government will not pay for the preparation of any information submitted or for use of that information.

The data collected and maintained in the eRA system are covered under NIH Privacy Act Systems of Record Notice (SORN) 09-25-0225.

Inquiries

Please direct all inquiries to:

Mike Davidson
Office of Engagement and Training, National Library of Medicine
mike.davidson@nih.gov

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How are YOU Celebrating National Medical Librarians & National Health Literacy Month?

Mon, 2019-09-30 14:07

Throughout the month of October, tag us @NNLMSEA on Twitter and Facebook with photos of yourself or your activities, staff, community, library or classroom antics!

Participants will be entered into a lottery to receive a free conference registration* of their choice up to $1,000! Each individual can submit up to three times – Bring ‘em on!

We want to show off the wonderful medical librarians and health literacy advocates in the SEA region – Thank you for ALL you do!

Don’t Forget: POINT-SNAP-TAG-POST

 

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

Questions? Nancy Patterson is happy to assist.

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We Need Submissions! October is National Medical Librarians & National Health Literacy Month

Fri, 2019-09-27 14:35

Please join us in celebrating by sharing your contest submission with the network – Let’s spread the JOY of what we love doing!

What Do I Have to Do?

Choose one of October’s National Days for inspiration and either write an article, create an image, or shoot a short video in celebration of your day of choice and submit it online.

Both silly and serious submissions are encouraged. Share your medical librarian perspective, display your health literacy expertise, or choose to show an entirely different side of yourself!

What Do I Get?

Participants will be entered into a lottery to receive a free conference registration* of their choice up to $1,000!

What’s the Deadline to Submit?

We’d love a great selection by September 30th but will be accepting submissions through October 28th. Each individual can submit up to three times – Bring ‘em on!

Will You Make Me a Star?

Of course! We’ll feature you on Facebook, Twitter, and our electronic newsletter, SEA Currents.

Have fun & thank you for playing!

Specs:

  • Article: DOCX  (between 500 and 750 words)
  • Art: JPG, PNG or GIF  (size limit – up to 15MB)
  • Video: MOV or MP4  (up to 1 minute in length)

 

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

Questions? Nancy Patterson is happy to assist.

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NNLM SEA Digest News – September 27, 2019

Fri, 2019-09-27 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 September 30 – October 3

Webinars October 9 – October 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: Fall 2019 Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon Overview

Thu, 2019-09-26 14:17

Date: Thursday, October 17

Time: 2 PM ET/1 PM CT

Description: Are you interested in improving mental health information available on Wikipedia? Do you want to utilize your librarian research skills towards making Wikipedia a better, evidence-based resource? Have you always wanted to participate in or learn how to host your own edit-a-thon? In preparation for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Fall Virtual Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon on November 20th, join us for an online edit-a-thon training overview with a live question and answer session.

Attendees will gain an overview of:

  • The role of Wikipedia and the importance of edit-a-thons
  • Learn how to join the #citeNLM Wikipedia Dashboard
  • Gain tips and resources on how to become a Wikipedia editor
  • Explore NLM resources and best practices to edit articles
  • NNLM Guide and tips for hosting your own edit-a-thon

With you newfound knowledge, remember to join the National Network of Libraries of Medicine on November 20th as we add citations to Wikipedia articles using trusted National Library of Medicine resources like Genetics Home Reference, MedlinePlus, and PubMed.

Registration: https://nnlm.gov/class/2019-fall-wikipedia-edit-thon-overview/17942

For more information, please contact Karen Coghlan, Liz Waltman, or Kelsey Cowles.

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Get Ready: Tropical Storm Karen Threatens to Flood Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands

Tue, 2019-09-24 12:01

Tropical Storm Karen will bring heavy rain and gusty winds to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands on Tuesday, but it’s too soon to know if it will eventually affect any other land areas, including the mainland United States.

Karen is centered less than 100 miles south of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and is moving north at 5 to 10 mph.

Tropical Storm Karen

At a Glance

  • Tropical Storm Karen is centered in the northeastern Caribbean.
  • Karen will bring heavy rain and a threat of flash flooding to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
  • Tropical storm warnings are in effect for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
  • It’s too early to know if Karen will impact the mainland United States or any other land areas.

NOTE for DOCLINE Members: If your library will be closed due to the hurricane, please set your library “out of office” to temporarily deactivate lending in DOCLINE. If your library has never set your “out of office” before, please visit the NNLM DOCLINE website to learn how. Doing so will prevent requests from routing to your library during times of extended absence or special circumstances.

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.

State and Territory Resources

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

Puerto Rico

U.S. Virgin Islands

NLM Disaster Information Management Resource Center (DIMRC)

MedlinePlus

 

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NLM Exhibits in Public Libraries: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine in Harry Potter’s World at Memphis Public Library

Mon, 2019-09-23 10:49

Written By: April Wright, All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator, NNLM SEA and Andrea Jacobo, Memphis Public Library

July 1st – August 7th, 2019, the central Memphis Public Library hosted the NLM traveling exhibit, Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine in Harry Potter’s World.

While the exhibit was there, library patrons were treated to a screening of Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone and a presentation entitled, Alchemy & the Fantastic, by a local professor who talked about the scientific and historical elements of the Harry Potter series.

Displays related to the exhibit featured books on botany, mythology, ancient creatures, and philosophy.  Also featured were National Library of Medicine K-12 resources and online educational activities.

One patron commented that the exhibit and activities were thought-provoking and engaging and highlighted elements in the books he had not considered. One of the younger patrons immersed himself in the experience wearing his Harry Potter school robe and glasses.

Andrea Jacobo of Memphis Public Library says of the library’s participation: “The exhibit team planned ahead to make it a thoughtful and authentic experience for the library patrons, so with similar efforts, we would be happy to host another exhibit.”

NLM exhibits are a great way to provide a unique educational experience at your library! Each traveling exhibit features companion educational content. Consider booking one today! It’s free from your National Library of Medicine.

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NNLM SEA Digest News – September 20, 2019

Fri, 2019-09-20 10:53

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 September 24 – September 30

Webinars October 2 – October 9

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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Trying to get to ALA Midwinter or PLA Annual? We Can Help!

Tue, 2019-09-17 10:09

Calling all Medical Librarians and Health Literacy Advocates!

Please join us in celebrating National Medical Librarians and National Health Literacy Month by sharing your contest submission starting… now!

What Do I Have to Do?

Choose one of October’s National Days for inspiration and either write an article, create an image, or shoot a short video in celebration of your day of choice and submit it online.

Both silly and serious submissions are encouraged. Share your medical librarian perspective, display your health literacy expertise, or choose to show an entirely different side of yourself!

What Do I Get?

Participants will be entered into a lottery to receive a free conference registration* of their choice!

You Mean I Get to Have Fun and Possibly Win a Prize?!

Correctamundo! When you’re ready, please submit your creation HERE.

Specs:

  • Article: DOCX  (between 500 and 750 words)
  • Art: JPG, PNG or GIF  (size limit – up to 15MB)
  • Video: MOV or MP4  (up to 1 minute in length)

What’s the Deadline to Submit?

Monday, September 30th is ideal but we’ll accept submissions through October 28th.

I’m UBER creative – Can I submit more than once?

Can’t decide between Knock-Knock Joke Day and I Love Yarn Day? No problem! Each person can submit up to three times.

Will You Make Me a Star?

Of course! We’ll feature you on FacebookTwitter, and our electronic newsletter, SEA Currents. Multiple submissions from individuals at your institution can be featured.

Have fun & thank you for playing!

 

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

Questions? Nancy Patterson is happy to assist.

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Step into the Limelight! October is National Medical Librarians & National Health Literacy Month

Wed, 2019-09-11 14:10

It’s that time of year again…

Calling all Medical Librarians and Health Literacy Advocates!

Please join us in celebrating National Medical Librarians and National Health Literacy Month by sharing your contest submission starting… now!

What Do I Have to Do?

Choose one of October’s National Days for inspiration and either write an article, create an image, or shoot a short video in celebration of your day of choice and submit it online.

Both silly and serious submissions are encouraged. Share your medical librarian perspective, display your health literacy expertise, or choose to show an entirely different side of yourself!

What Do I Get?

Participants will be entered into a lottery to receive a free conference registration* of their choice!

You Mean I Get to Have Fun and Possibly Win a Prize?!

Correctamundo! When you’re ready, please submit your creation HERE.

Specs:

  • Article: DOCX  (between 500 and 750 words)
  • Art: JPG, PNG or GIF  (size limit – up to 15MB)
  • Video: MOV or MP4  (up to 1 minute in length)

What’s the Deadline to Submit?

Monday, September 16th – by midnight.

I’m UBER creative – Can I submit more than once?

Can’t decide between Knock-Knock Joke Day and I Love Yarn Day? No problem! Each person can submit up to three times.

Will You Make Me a Star?

Of course! We’ll feature you on Facebook, Twitter, and our electronic newsletter, SEA Currents. Multiple submissions from individuals at your institution can be featured.

Have fun & thank you for playing!

 

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

Questions? Nancy Patterson is happy to assist.

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Upcoming Beyond the SEA Webinar: How to Develop Healthy Living Programs through Shared Use Partnerships

Mon, 2019-09-09 13:42

Day/Time: Thursday, October 3, 2019, 2-3pm EST

Presenter: Dr. Noah Lenstra, MLIS – Assistant Professor of Library and Information Science at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Summary: Shared use occurs when government entities or other organizations agree to open their facilities for use by the broader community. Although not typically described as such, this type of activity increasingly occurs in libraries throughout the country, and beyond. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (2017) reports that at the public library in Monterey Park, California, “line dance leader Kit Cheung teaches her class in an unlikely place —the parking lot of a local library.” Librarians increasingly “share” their spaces in this way. Another common example is summer meal programs, where libraries serve as meal sites, but not typically meal program sponsors. This webinar gives you the information you need to bring shared use partnerships to your library. We’ll go over how to reach out to potential partners, how to develop memorandums of understanding, how to work through perceptions of legal liability, and how to institutionalize shared use agreements. The focus will be on shared use agreements to increase healthy living practices, particularly around Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL).

Presenter Bio: Dr. Noah Lenstra, MLIS is an assistant professor of Library and Information Science at the University of North Carolina Greensboro, where he founded and directs the Let’s Move in Libraries initiative. He is the author of the forthcoming book Healthy Living at the Library (2020, Libraries Unlimited), and in July 2019 received (with colleagues from Wayne State and University of Oklahoma) a three-year grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to study “How do small and rural public libraries address health and wellness through public programs?” He is a member of the Public Library Association’s Promoting Healthy Communities Advisory Group. His research on these topics has been published in numerous scholarly articles, and he blogs monthly on this topic for the American Library Association’s Public Programs Office. Lenstra is an Affiliated Faculty Member in the UNCG Gerontology Department, and has worked with the National Institute on Aging’s Go4Life campaign for the past two years. Get involved and get moving at http://letsmovelibraries.org/.

MLA CE:  1 Contact Hour

Contact:  For additional information, please contact Nancy Patterson.

Pre-RegisterPre-registration is strongly recommended, but not required.

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4. Click “Join Now”.
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To add this session to your calendar program (for example Microsoft Outlook), click this link:
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NNLM SEA Digest News – September 6, 2019

Fri, 2019-09-06 10:53

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 September 10 – September 12

Webinars September 17 – September 19

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 Research Data Management Webinar: If You Share It, Will They Come? Quantifying and Characterizing Reuse of Biomedical Research Data

Wed, 2019-09-04 10:04

Date: Wednesday, October 2nd

Time: 2:00PM – 3:00PM ET

Presenter: Lisa Federer, PhD, MLIS is the Data Science and Open Science Librarian at the National Library of Medicine (NLM), focusing on developing efforts to support workforce development and enhance capacity in the biomedical research and library communities for data science and open science. Prior to joining NLM, Lisa spent five years as the Research Data Informationist at the National Institutes of Health Library, where she developed and ran the Library’s Data Services Program. She holds a PhD in information studies from the University of Maryland and an MLIS from the University of California-Los Angeles, as well as graduate certificates in data science and data visualization. Her research focuses on quantifying and characterizing biomedical data reuse and development of meaningful scholarly metrics for shared data.

Description: Since the mid-2000s, new data sharing mandates have led to an increase in the amount of research data available for reuse. Reuse of data benefits the scientific community and the public by potentially speeding scientific discovery and increasing the return on investment of publicly funded research. However, despite the potential benefits of reuse and the increasing availability of data, research on the impact of data reuse is so far sparse. This talk will provide a deeper understanding of the impacts of shared biomedical research data by answering the question “what happens with datasets once they are shared?”

Specifically, this talk will demonstrate that data are often reused in very different contexts than for which they were originally collected, as well as explore how patterns of reuse differ between dataset types. This talk also considers patterns of data reuse over time and the topics of the most highly reused datasets to determine whether it is possible to predict which datasets will go on to be highly reused over time. Finally, career stage and geographic location of data reusers provide an understanding of who benefits from shared research data. These findings have implications for several stakeholders, including researchers who share data and those who reuse it, funders and institutions developing policies to reward and incentivize data sharing, and repositories and data curators who must make choices about which datasets to curate and preserve

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

For additional information, please contact Kiri Burcat.

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