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Severe Winter Storms Reported Across the Southern United States

Mon, 2021-02-22 15:42

Late last week a winter storm impacted the southeastern United States, including much of Mississippi and Northern Alabama

At a Glance

  • Freezing weather and power outages have been reported throughout the region
  • Many roads and highways were impacted by ice and snow
  • Low and no water pressure and water main main breaks were reported
  • Boil water notices were put into effect for several cities and counties

State and Territory Resources

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

Alabama

Mississippi

Reliable Resources for Winter Preparedness & Response

MedlinePlus

Mobile Apps

NNLM SEA Resources

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NNLM SEA Digest News – February 19, 2021

Fri, 2021-02-19 10:24

Welcome to the Network of the National Library 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 February 23 – February 25

Webinars March 2 – March 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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Announcing the Spring 2021 #CiteNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon!

Thu, 2021-02-18 14:50

The Network of the National Library of Medicine is excited to announce its #CiteNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon campaign for Spring 2021! Join us for the month of March in our campaign to improve health information on Wikipedia using NLM and other quality health information resources. Our focus this campaign is on Healthy Aging topics, which includes the habits, behaviors, and environmental factors that contribute to healthy living throughout your entire life span.

There are lots of ways to #CiteNLM and get involved:

  1. Join our Edit-a-thon Live Session. Participate in our #CiteNLM Edit-a-thon throughout all of March 2021. Want to edit with other health sciences librarians and professionals? Join our live editing session on March 31st, 1-3p ET! We’ll overview basic Wikipedia editing tools and work with colleagues and NNLM staff to improve Healthy Aging-related articles. Learn more and sign up through the following link: nnlm.gov/wiki
  2. Take a course on Wikipedia and Libraries. Want an in-depth exploration of how libraries can use Wikipedia as an information literacy and engagement tool? Sign up for our free, asynchronous course: Wikipedia + Libraries. The course will run from March 15 to April 9, 2021 and guides students through the curation and editing process of Wikipedia health articles, as well as how to help community members build their health literacy schools online. Sign-ups are live now: https://nnlm.gov/class/wikipedia-libraries-nnlm/30039
  3. Attend our Health Misinformation Webinar Series. Learn about online health misinformation and how to combat it from leading health information professionals. Join us for the next webinar session on March 1st, 11a PT/ 1p ET for “Understanding Vaccine Hesitancy and Social Media’s Role in Spreading Vaccine Misinformation” with Dr. Kolina Koltai (University of Washington). Register here: https://nnlm.gov/class/understanding-vaccine-hesitancy-and-social-media-s-role-spreading-vaccine-misinformation/30321

We are excited to host another #CiteNLM campaign to improve one of the world’s most widely used resources for consumer health information. We look forward to seeing you at one of our many events this March!

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Closure of the NNLM DOCLINE Coordination Office (NDCO)

Wed, 2021-02-17 14:46

Dear DOCLINE Users,

Please join me in congratulating Erin Latta as she prepares for the next phase of her career. She has accepted a new position working for ICF, a consulting company, to work as an Information Specialist/Systems Librarian and provide support to the NLM DOCLINE Team. As the NNLM DOCLINE Coordinator, she served as the sole coordinator in the office responding to thousands of user support requests related to utilizing a Google Account sign-in, launch of DOCLINE 6.0, retirement of Loansome Doc, and the transition of EFTS to MLA. While I’m incredibly happy for her new opportunity and continued support with DOCLINE, I believe that she will be sorely missed throughout all of NNLM.

With her new opportunity, the NDCO office will close ahead of schedule due to the upcoming changes to the NNLM in the 2021-2026 cooperative agreement. Customer support from the NDCO will transition to the National Library of Medicine effective immediately.

For DOCLINE support, please submit a NLM Support Center Help Desk Ticket.

We would like to thank you for contacting the NDCO over the past 5 years. It was truly a pleasure supporting your library and responding to your DOCLINE customer service needs.

Best wishes,

Tony Nguyen, MLIS, AHIP
Executive Director
Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM)
Health Sciences and Human Services Library
University of Maryland, Baltimore

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Understanding Vaccine Hesitancy and Social Media’s Role in Spreading Vaccine Misinformation

Tue, 2021-02-16 13:59

Vaccine hesitancy has been a longstanding issue, even before the coronavirus pandemic. The growth of vaccine hesitancy in recent years is most commonly attributed to the anti-vaccine movement. Social media is often at the heart of this conversation as a tool used to spread vaccine opposed information and to connect vaccine-hesitant people with each other. This webinar aims to give an overview of understanding vaccine hesitancy, both around childhood vaccines and the COVID-19 vaccine, and how social media has facilitated this movement.

Learning objectives:

1. Understand why someone is vaccine-hesitant or “anti-vaccine”
2. Understand how social media (e.g., Twitter, FB, etc.) has influenced the growth of vaccine hesitancy
3. Identify the next steps going forward to solve the issue.

Speaker: Kolina Koltai studies how groups’ use of sociotechnical systems affects decision making and information behavior. She researches information-seeking behaviors, trust assessment of information (and misinformation), and decision making with a focus on when people dissent from the scientific mainstream (e.g., vaccine dissent). She specifically focuses on how social networking sites and digital communities interact with information behavior practices around health and science. Koltai received her Ph.D. in Information Studies from the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin and is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for an Informed Public at The University of Washington.

Class Date: Mar 1, 2021, 1:00PM – 2:00PM ET

Continuing Education Credits: 1

To register, please visit: https://nnlm.gov/ZEc

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New Guide from NNLM: Substance Use Disorders

Mon, 2021-02-15 12:40

The Network of National Library of Medicine’s Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Initiative aims to raise awareness of the National Library of Medicine’s Substance Use Disorders resources and the resources of partner organizations. ​

As part of this initiative, NNLM staff launched a new guide to information on Substance Use Disorders. The guide links to free and reliable online resources for general and specific audiences:

  • The SUD Resources: General tab is a great place to start learning about SUD with resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), and more.
  • The Libraries tab provides educational information about Narcan/Naloxone, a resource guide for public libraries, and more.
  • The Educators tab includes classroom resources and information for all ages.
  • The Community Based Organizations tab focuses on response to Opioid use in communities and includes the Opioid Epidemic Practical Toolkit: Helping Faith and Community Leaders” from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
  • The Public Health tab provides information for public health professionals, including links to resources for locating guidelines, research, and training, and information about safe disposal of unused medications.
  • Resources by Age or Population lists recommended resources specific to families, rural populations, faith-based organizations, teens and young adults, and women.
  • The SUD Training & Education tab includes links to recorded webinars and other online trainings, suitable for all audiences.

Check NNLM’s Class Catalog for additional upcoming and recorded webinars related to Substance Use Disorder.

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NNLM SEA Digest News – February 12, 2021

Fri, 2021-02-12 13:07

Welcome to the Network of the National Library 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 February 16 – February 23

Webinars February 23 – March 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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Taking Science to the Streets: Community Science and Participatory Approaches to Improve Environment, Health, and Quality of Life in Urban Areas

Thu, 2021-02-11 10:49

Please join NNLM SEA for the webinar, Taking Science to the Streets: Community Science and Participatory Approaches to Improve Environment, Health, and Quality of Life in Urban Areas. 

Date & Time: March 3, 2021, 1:00PM EST

Description: Environmental justice communities are those which are disproportionately affected by and exposed to multiple environmental, socioeconomic and cultural stressors that may heighten their health risks in comparison to other communities. The availability of fine-grained, community-level data is limited to support appeals from these communities for public health practice, planning, and policy changes.

This presentation will describe local community-driven research, advocacy, and public health practice in an environmentally degraded urban community, Northwest Atlanta’s Proctor Creek Watershed. Community residents (watershed researchers), academics, and non-profit organizations leverage local, community knowledge; community science methods; and participatory approaches to identify, document, and analyze the impacts of local environmental hazards and quality of life stressors.

This highly collaborative and interdisciplinary work has helped to improve municipal services and community-municipality collaboration. It has also demonstrated that the democratization of science can help fill critical data gaps about local conditions and pollution sources, advance environmental justice, and impact changes in the implementation of urban policies and practice that influence community health.

By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Define community science
  • Apply a conceptual framework for urban health to urban environmental health challenges
  • Identify a range of community engaged and participatory research approaches; and
  • Articulate how these approaches can be used to improve environmental quality, health, and community engagement in research and public health practice.

About the Speaker: Dr. Na’Taki Osborne Jelks is an Assistant Professor in the Environmental and Health Sciences Program at Spelman College in Atlanta, GA.  Dr. Jelks investigates urban environmental health disparities; the role that place, race, and social factors play in influencing health; cumulative risk assessment; the impact of climate change on vulnerable populations, and the connection between urban watersheds, pollution, the built environment, and health.  She also develops, implements, and evaluates community-based initiatives that set the conditions that are conducive for low-income and communities of color to empower themselves to reduce exposure to environmental health hazards and improve health and quality of life. Dr. Jelks is particularly interested in approaches that engage vulnerable communities in community-driven citizen science/community science activities to monitor local environmental conditions, reduce existence of and exposure to environmental hazards, and develop effective community-based interventions that revitalize toxic, degraded spaces into healthy places.

Registration: You may register in advance for this webinar at https://umaryland.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_0GPEJgImQ6ynGzcH4vXwtw

For questions, please contact April Wright at adwright@hshsl.umaryland.edu.

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NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network Member Survey

Wed, 2021-02-10 15:28

The Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) is inviting members to complete a survey about the All of Us Community Engagement Network (CEN). The purpose of the survey is to learn about your experiences participating in the CEN and how we can improve our services to support your organization to be a trusted health resource in your community.

The survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. Completing the survey is voluntary.

Participants will be eligible to enter a random drawing for one of ten $25 Target gift cards. Only one person from each NNLM member organization is eligible to win a gift card.

Select here to access the survey: NNLM CEN Survey

Or, copy and paste the following URL: https://nnlm.gov/ZbW

Please respond to the survey by February 26, 2021.

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Asih Asikin-Garmager at asih-asikin@uiowa.edu.

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Strengthen Your Heart Health Knowledge with the NNLM Reading Club

Tue, 2021-02-09 15:05

The reason we have cancer and heart disease is the same reason you can’t get rid of the wear and tear on your tires on your car: as soon as you use them, you are wearing them away. You can’t make eternal tires, and it’s the same with the human body.

– S. Jay Olshansky, School of Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago

Like tires, the heart does not run forever but can last longer if the driver makes smart choices. NNLM Reading Club’s February selections focus on the heart with three books that provide valuable information for people dealing with heart conditions.

NNLM Reading Club February Selections

When the Words Suddenly Stopped by Vivian L. King | Being Empowered for a Health Heart by Dr. Phoebe Chi | Restart Your Heart by Dr. Aseem Desai

 

In Being Empowered for a Healthy Heart: A Personal Guide to Taking Control of Your Health While Living with Chronic Conditions, Dr. Phoebe Chi seeks to empower those with chronic diseases of all types, including heart disease and high blood pressure, in the self-management of their conditions. The internal medicine and public health physician does so with practical exercises and tools in each chapter to address symptoms, even throwing some poetry into the mix.

Restart Your Heart: The Playbook for Thriving with AFib by cardiac electrophysiologist Dr. Aseem Desai clears up some of the confusion surrounding atrial fibrillation, an irregular heart rhythm that can interfere with blood flow. In addition to providing knowledge about AFib, Desai discusses how to deal with the diagnosis from a mental and emotional perspective.

Finally, in When the Words Suddenly Stopped, former television broadcast journalist Vivian King describes her experience recovering from a stroke that took away her voice, sharing how determination bolstered by a reliance on faith, family and friends allowed her to recover.

Strengthening your heart knowledge can help strengthen your heart. We hope these books will provide you an opportunity to do both. Visit the NNLM Reading Club for discussion guides to these titles and other useful information.

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Love Data Week 2021: 23 Things About Open Data

Mon, 2021-02-08 15:38

This year, the NNLM is celebrating Love Data Week with a speaker series and panel discussion with four data practitioners. If you’d like to dive a little deeper into the world of open data, these 23 Things are a starting point for learning more.

  1. Learn the “why, what, and how” of open data with the Open Data Handbook.
  2. Browse a list of hundreds of different data file formats and then learn the best ones to use for open, accessible data.
  3. Learn about data sharing and publishing with NNLM’s Research Data Management On-Demand module.
  4. Catch up on the NNLM Research Data Management webinar series with our YouTube playlist.
  5. Access and learn about the New York Times’s COVID-19 data.
  6. Search for local government datasets on data.gov.
  7. Explore the Google Dataset Search.
  8. Explore health-related open datasets made available through Kaggle, including the COVID-19 Open Research Dataset Challenge (CORD-19) medical literature text-mining dataset.
  9. Filter, visualize and export datasets from National Library of Medicine resources from Data Discovery at NLM.
  10. Compare the open data efforts of 30 different national governments with the Open Data Barometer, a report from the World Wide Web foundation.
  11. Visualize “the issues that will shape the future of New York City” with this interactive civic data exhibit.
  12. See how All In: Data for Community Health is working to improve community health outcomes through data-sharing partnerships to identify needs and inform policy.
  13. Check out the Civic Switchboard project to see how library workers can get involved in civic data initiatives.
  14. Analyze Census data in Microsoft Excel with a tutorial from Census Academy.
  15. Make a map using QGIS – a free GIS (Geographic Information System) program – with step-by-step exercises from the Community Health Maps program.
  16. Build data analysis, visualization, and programming skills with the self-guided lessons from The Carpentries. Start with Library Carpentry for lessons tailored specifically for librarians.
  17. Foster a “data culture” within your organization with engaging learning activities from the Data Culture Project.
  18. Build community data literacy with Data 101 workshop toolkit from the Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center, and attend our Tuesday, Feb 9th “coffee chat” to hear more from WPRDC project director Bob Gradeck.
  19. Make research data and code more findable with these 10 quick tips and come to the Monday, Feb 8th “coffee chat” to hear more from article co-author Ibraheem Ali, PhD.
  20. Support open, equitable, and inclusive scholarly communications with this guide from the Association of College and Research Libraries and come to the Wednesday, Feb 10th “coffee chat” to hear more from co-author Yasmeen Shorish.
  21. Learn about common data elements for clinical data collection and management with this presentation from the National Library of Medicine, and then learn how to use the NIH Common Data Element (CDE) repository.
  22. Familiarize yourself with upcoming expansions to NIH policies on data management and data sharing for NIH-funded researchers.
  23. Join the conversation: get involved with a community of data practitioners through the Research Data Access and Preservation (RDAP) Association or learn about the work of the Academic Data Science Alliance.

Interested in downloading this list? Visit: https://nnlm.gov/Zbr

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Upcoming NNLM Class Beginning February 15th: Big Data in Healthcare

Mon, 2021-02-08 10:19

Description: This course will help health sciences librarians better understand the issues of big data in clinical outcomes and what roles health sciences librarians can take on in this service area.

Dates: This class will be taught in Moodle February 15, 2021 – March 26, 2021.

Course Expectations: To complete this course for 6 hours of MLA contact hours, participants are expected to:

  • Spend approximately 1 hour completing the work within each module.
  • Commit to complete all activities and articulate your views within each module.
  • Complete course requirements by the deadline established in each module.
  • Provide course feedback on the Online Course Evaluation Form

Objectives: Students who successfully complete the course will:

  • Explain the role big data plays in clinical patient outcomes.
  • Explain current/potential roles in which librarians are supporting big data initiatives
  • Illustrate the fundamentals of big data from a systems perspective
  • Articulate their views/options on the role health sciences sector librarians is in supporting big data initiatives

This is a Medical Library Association approved course that will earn students 6 contact hours.

Register: https://nnlm.gov/class/big-data-healthcare-exploring-emerging-roles/28994

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NNLM SEA Digest News – February 5, 2021

Fri, 2021-02-05 10:27

Welcome to the Network of the National Library 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 February 9 – February 17

Webinars February 23 – February 25

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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Love Data Week with NNLM

Thu, 2021-02-04 13:10

Love Data Week is an annual international celebration of all aspects of data. This February 8th-12th, NNLM is spotlighting four experts on various aspects of open data for a week of learning and sharing in the spirit of “open.”

At four 30-minute “coffee chat” sessions on Monday through Thursday, listen to each one of our guest experts discuss their work and answer audience questions in an informal setting. Then, join us on Friday as part of the RDM Webinar Series for a moderated panel discussion with all speakers to discuss bigger questions about their experiences working with open data.

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Monday, Feb 8th

Reflections on Open Access and Ethics in Data Literacy Training
Ibraheem Ali, Sciences Data Librarian, University of California Los Angeles

Tuesday, Feb 9th

How Open Data Can Support a Pandemic Response
Bob Gradeck, Project Director, Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center

Wednesday, Feb 10th

Advocating for Open and Equitable Scholarly Communications
Yasmeen Shorish, Associate Professor & Head of Scholarly Communications, James Madison University Libraries

Thursday, Feb 11th

If You Share It, Will They Come? Exploring How Open Data Are Reused
Lisa Federer, Data Science and Open Science Librarian at the National Library of Medicine

Friday, Feb 12th

Spotlight on “Open” Panel Presentation
Our panelists will weigh in on their careers and what brought them to working with open data, important skills and favorite resources, project management and working with a team, and more

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Call for Proposals: NNLM COVID-19 Infodemic Symposium

Wed, 2021-02-03 13:26

The Network of the National Library of Medicine invites proposals for a virtual symposium: Responding to the COVID-19 Infodemic, on April 8th-9th, 2021. The COVID-19 pandemic highlights the disparities of underserved, minority, and underrepresented communities. This includes ensuring equal understanding of accurate health information, education in hard hit communities, and valuing inclusion in clinical research to overcome COVID-19. The NNLM Virtual Symposium is an opportunity to engage with NNLM Network Members to address misinformation and mistrust, raise awareness about the pandemic, and efforts to combat it. Symposium attendees can expect to come away from this experience with a better understanding of COVID-19 and share strategies and programs to engage with your community.

NNLM Infodemic Symposium Flyer

After attending the symposium, participants will be able to:

  • Identify key issues that impact medically underserved populations in accessing accurate health information related to COVID-19 and vaccines, including health literacy and medical mistrust.
  • Learn strategies, outcomes, and lessons learned from presenters to adapt and apply within own communities
  • Design an outreach and education program to specific served populations

We are currently seeking proposals for presentations and panel discussions related to COVID-19 misinformation and disinformation, including, but not limited to:

  • Health Equity across a variety of demographic factors (race, gender, geography, socioeconomic status, etc.)
  • Vaccination
  • Emergency preparedness and response
  • Public health
  • Communication
  • Community outreach and programming
  • Education

Presentation Formats:

  • 15 minute Paper/Oral Presentations: You will have 10 minutes to present and have 5 minutes for questions.
  • 1 hour Panel discussions: You will be grouped with other panelists to respond to questions related to a similar topic

Proposals will be due by 11:59PM, February 26th, 2021. Decisions will be made and presenters/panelists will be notified of their acceptance by mid-March.

To submit, please fill out the following form by February 26th: https://umaryland.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_02Rij6t1NdjxxKm

For any questions, concerns or submission issues, please email Sarah Levin-Lederer (Sarah.LevinLederer AT umassmed.edu) and Sharon Han (shan4 AT library.ucla.edu). Thank you, and we look forward to your proposals!

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Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP) for Libraries Part 2: The Library Match Game

Tue, 2021-02-02 13:38

We all hope that by the end of the summer 2021 the COVID-19 pandemic will mainly be behind us, and the large bandwidth that the pandemic has taken up over the past year can be used for pressing needs that may have taken a back seat. One of those needs is disaster planning. While there is a vaccine to assuage the impact of a pandemic, there is no antidote for the personal and economic devastation from events that disrupt the provision of core library services, such as an earthquake, hurricane, tornado, or civil unrest. It is essential for all libraries to resume planning for disasters, which includes knowing how to respond to a disaster, how to develop partnerships with local emergency planners, and how to find a backup library to mitigate the impact of a disaster.

On Wednesday, February 10 at 1 PM ET/10 AM PT,  join us for Part 2 of the Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP) for Libraries series that provides attendees with the awareness and tools necessary to face disasters of any kind. Hosted by Dan Wilson from the University of Virginia, Part 2 will answer attendee questions that arose while writing their COOP, and match libraries from the northwest with similar libraries in the southeast who can potentially partner as a backup library. If you missed Part 1 or would like to review the information, a recording of the session is available at: https://youtu.be/xi8M1zeGXKs

These sessions are intended for members of the PNR & SEA regions: AK, AL, DC, GA, FL, ID, MD, MI, MT, NC, OR, PR, SC, TN, USVI, VA, WA, and WV. Participants from other regions are welcome to attend, however, we may be less likely to match you with a COOP partner.

After attending both sessions, participants are eligible for 4 MLA CE credits. This class is also eligible for Disaster Information Specialization continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association.

Part 2 Registration: https://nnlm.gov/ZuF

For questions, please contact Liz Waltman

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Scholarship Recipients Reflect on the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services Conference

Mon, 2021-02-01 15:09

In October 2020, NNLM financially supported 20 library staff across the country to attend the 15th annual Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services (ABOS) conference. Originally slated for Dallas, TX, the conference was retooled as a virtual event due to Covid-19. Most attendees agreed that there were actually benefits to the online format. NNLM All of Us presented at the conference and continues to work with ABOS on health outreach initiatives. Here, 3 Southeastern/Atlantic Region scholarship recipients outline favorite moments, and what they took away from the ABOS conference.

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Nicole Klein, Community Engagement Librarian at Cobb County Public Library System (GA)

Nicole Klein sitting with her two dogsI’m still fairly new to working exclusively in Outreach—I’ve been in my current position just shy of a year—so this was my first time attending an ABOS conference. I was blown away by how interactive the folks attending the ABOS conference made it for themselves. The virtual format definitely made for a “make what you will out of it” experience this year and I was impressed to see how available and engaged attendees made themselves. As my supervisor has said, the folks that work in Outreach reach are a different breed of librarian and that was very evident to me, and wholly appreciated; it felt like discovering my people. We are looking at procuring a book bike at our library system and Ian Gosse’s presentation, “The Paperback Rider: The Five-Year Evolution of a Book Bike Service” was INVALUABLE.

Marlan Brinkley, Library Director of the McDowell County Public Library System (NC)

Photo of Marlan BrinkleyI had a great time attending the ABOS Conference this year.  Normally traveling costs prevent me from going to events like these, so I was glad for the opportunity to attend digitally. Recorded sessions were especially helpful, particularly when I wanted to attend two or more sessions all occurring at the same time. The videos have also been a great resource for when I needed to replay them and catch a product or vendor name I missed the first time.

One of my favorite sessions was Outreach Start Up provided by Beth Brown from the Muskingum County Library System. I was looking forward to it because my library system was finally at a point where we dedicate programs and services toward outreach. While we had successfully done some outreach in the community, I was wanting to hear from someone who created an outreach department practically from scratch. What worked well? What didn’t? We’re a small rural library system, so I was hoping to hear outreach tips that could be scalable to us. Fortunately, Ms. Brown provided great advice and a general outline of what we should consider as we grow our outreach department.

Here are the items I felt were particularly noteworthy:

  • The value of information gathering. What services are being offered where? Where are the gaps? What are our community partners (ex. Friends groups) doing?
  • Tip: imagine the policies you’re starting with are a blueprint- they’ll be adjusted to suit the needs of your community.
  • As we consider what policies we should implement, look at policies from other libraries as inspiration.
  • The ABOS listserv is a dependable resource for advice (which we already knew!).
  • We were introduced to Bed Bug Bags as a resource. I had no idea this was even a thing.
  • The value of keeping communication open between the homebound delivery recipients. I especially admired their efforts by writing letters to their patrons during Covid-19 closures.
  • As we look for opportunities to establish connections in the community, include public events such as festivals, parades, farmer’s markets. Bring a collection that matches the theme (ex. cooking, farming, and produce books for the farmer’s market).
  • Consider rebranding some services. Ex. was “homebound”, now called “house call.”
  • Finally, be an active member of the community by joining local groups and organizations.

Heather Ogilvie, Outreach Librarian, Bay County Public Library (FL)

Photo of Heather OgilvieABOS 2020 Virtual Conference: Outdoing Outreach was AWESOME. ABOS as an organization is a dynamic work group, and a brain trust, but most of all, ABOS is a community where everyone belongs.

[At the orientation] I found at the last minute, that, while I had been using the super-cool Whova App for days to learn about workshops, agendas, attendees, and contests, I didn’t know how to get into the actual conference! Turns out I was not alone. We were all wandering around in cyberspace. But within moments everyone began to appear in the ZOOM conference room.

Throughout the day, there were bookmobile videos from other libraries, showcasing their work. That was super interesting. Most bookmobiles on display are currently operating on curbside pickup only. The larger bookmobiles are staying home now, and the vans, cars, and bicycles are on the move.

All the sponsors made personal presentations. Ordinarily, I feel uncomfortable among the vendors… but in this environment, we were discussing products, services, and innovations, rather than what I could purchase. It was just interesting and not stressful!

This was my Ice Breaker for day one: I am currently teaching a class called Conversations that Matter: Tough Topics With Total Strangers. I think we can strengthen community resilience by increasing critical thinking and expanding our ability to find common ground.

I had discussion on this topic throughout the conference. So many libraries are interested in community conversations, deliberative dialogue, and other techniques, and were eager to learn how to get started.

Some of Heather’s favorite presentations included:

  • A session about a library that provides programming through outdoor activities.
  • A rural library’s work with connecting with patrons with dementia.
  • The Paperback Rider, a session about a book bike, and the librarian that provides services by riding the bike out into the community with giveaways and craft ideas.
  • Libraries Without Borders talking about their Wash and Learn initiative that reimagines what a library can by bringing popup library programming to laundromats.
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NNLM SEA Digest News – January 29, 2021

Fri, 2021-01-29 10:19

Welcome to the Network of the National Library 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 February 2 – February 9

Webinars February 10 – 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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NNLM SEA Digest News – January 22, 2021

Fri, 2021-01-22 10:07

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

NNLM News

Upcoming Online Training Opportunities*

Moodle LMS Asynchronous Course Opportunities

Webinars January 26 – January 29

Webinars February 2 – February 10

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 – January 15, 2021

Fri, 2021-01-15 10:48

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

NNLM News

Upcoming Online Training Opportunities*

Moodle LMS Asynchronous Course Opportunities

Webinars January 19 – January 22

Webinars January 26 – January 29

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

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

NIH News

NLM News

NCBI Insights

NNLM SEA Communications

* Notes on NNLM Training Opportunities

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

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

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