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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.

 NNLM encourages following and retweeting the following handles:

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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

Social Media Hashtags

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NNLM SEA Seeks Applications to Fund 2020-2021 Projects

Thu, 2020-02-27 09:13

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 5, 2020 11:59 PM ET
  • 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.
  • Recommended Webinar: Applying for NNLM SEA Funds (March 9, 2020, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM ET) – Learn the New Application Process and have your questions answered!
  • 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.

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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StoryCorps Sessions at the Public Library Association Conference

Tue, 2020-02-25 10:49

In partnership with StoryCorps, NNLM is sponsoring two sessions this week at the Public Library Association Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. We hope to see you there!

StoryCorps: Tools to Amplify Diverse Voices in Your Community

Thursday, February 27 from 2-3pm

In this session, expert presenters from StoryCorps (https://storycorps.org/) will highlight resources to support community engagement at your library through storytelling. You’ll learn about good story collection methods, walk away with ideas for low-cost ways to record and archive the voices of your community, and hear how other libraries have used these tools to preserve underrepresented voices in their communities.

 

Celebrating Libraries in Communities Through Stories

Friday, February 28 from 2:15-3:15pm

Libraries are constantly evolving — from information providers into critical centers of learning, community engagement, and access to information. In this session, StoryCorps (https://storycorps.org/) will inspire you with stories from their archive highlighting the role of public libraries in the community. You”ll walk away with tips and examples on how to use community listening events in your public engagement work, including specific information on how to use the StoryCorps model for collecting and sharing stories.
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Upcoming Beyond the SEA Webinar: Health Literacy in an Academic Environment

Wed, 2020-02-19 14:44

Date: Tuesday, March 17th, 2020

Time: 1-2pm ET

Description: The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) outlines a vision for organizations and professionals to take an active role in improving health literacy. Several of its underlying goals are applicable to libraries, including those in higher education. A great opportunity exists for college and university libraries to provide high-quality health information while simultaneously educating students on how to select and use credible health information. Academic libraries independently, or in collaboration with public health services, can disseminate accurate health information and build campus-wide partnerships to improve health literacy.

This webinar focuses on identifying stakeholders, liability, goal setting and content creation. The webinar will highlight how a library from a mid-size university was able to collaborate with the university’s health service center to promote health literacy.

Presenter: Semhar Yohannes has been serving as a Science Reference and Instruction Librarian for nearly a decade. Following her graduation from the LIS program from the University of Maryland, College Park, she worked as the Science Librarian at Capitol Technology University, developing their information literacy program. In her current role at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), she teaches library instruction sessions, conducts reference consultations, and has developed workshops and other outreach initiatives with a strong focus on health literacy. In 2018, she obtained her Master of Public Health (MPH) degree with a concentration on health literacy in young adults.

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

For additional information, please contact Jarrod Irwin.

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Request for Information (RFI): Inviting Comments and Suggestions on a Framework for the NIH-Wide Strategic Plan for FYs 2021-2025

Tue, 2020-02-18 11:37

Notice Number: NOT-OD-20-064

Key Dates
Release Date: February 12, 2020
Response Date: March 25, 2020

Related Announcements
NOT-OD-15-118

Issued by
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Purpose

This Notice is a Request for Information (RFI) inviting feedback on the framework for the NIH-Wide Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years (FYs) 2021-2025.

NOTE: It is important to read this entire RFI notice to ensure an adequate response is prepared and to have a full understanding of how your response will be utilized.

Background

The purpose of the NIH-Wide Strategic Plan is to communicate how NIH will advance its mission to support research in pursuit of fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems, and the application of that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability.

The current NIH-Wide Strategic Plan, covering FYs 2016-2020, was submitted to Congress on December 15, 2015. As part of implementing the 21st Century Cures Act (P.L. 114–255), NIH will update its Strategic Plan every five years. The agency is currently developing an updated NIH-Wide Strategic Plan, for FYs 2021-2025, and anticipates releasing it in December 2020.

The FY 2021-2025 NIH-Wide Strategic Plan highlights NIH’s approach towards the achievement of its mission while ensuring good stewardship of taxpayer funds. It is not intended to outline the myriad of important research opportunities for specific diseases or conditions. Nor will it focus on the specific research missions of each component Institute, Center and Office. Those opportunities are found within strategic plans that are specific to an Institute, Center, or Office, or specific to a particular disease or disorder. (A list of Institute, Center, or Office-specific, topical, and other NIH-wide or interagency strategic plans is available at https://report.nih.gov/strategicplans/.)

The Framework for the FY 2021-2025 NIH-Wide Strategic Plan, below, articulates NIH’s priorities in three key areas (Objectives): biomedical and behavioral science research; scientific research capacity; and scientific integrity, public accountability, and social responsibility in the conduct of science. These Objectives apply across NIH. In addition, several Cross-Cutting Themes, which span the scope of these Objectives, are identified.

NIH-Wide Strategic Plan Framework

Cross Cutting Themes

  • Increasing, Enhancing, and Supporting Diversity
  • Improving Women’s Health and Minority Health, and Reducing Health Disparities
  • Optimizing Data Science and the Development of Technologies and Tools
  • Promoting Collaborative Science
  • Addressing Public Health Challenges Across the Lifespan

Objective 1: Advancing Biomedical and Behavioral Sciences

  • Driving Foundational Science
  • Preventing Disease and Promoting Health
  • Developing Treatments, Interventions, and Cures

Objective 2: Developing, Maintaining, and Renewing Scientific Research Capacity

  • Cultivating the Biomedical Research Workforce
  • Supporting Research Resources and Infrastructure

Objective 3: Exemplifying and Promoting the Highest Level of Scientific Integrity, Public Accountability, and Social Responsibility in the Conduct of Science

  • Fostering a Culture of Good Scientific Stewardship
  • Leveraging Partnerships
  • Ensuring Accountability and Confidence in Biomedical and Behavioral Sciences
  • Optimizing Operations

Request for Comments

This RFI invites input from stakeholders throughout the scientific research, advocacy, and clinical practice communities, as well as the general public, regarding the above proposed framework for the FY 2021-2025 NIH-Wide Strategic Plan.

The NIH seeks comments on any or all of, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Cross-Cutting Themes articulated in the framework, and/or additional cross-cutting themes that may be considered
  • NIH’s priorities across the three key areas (Objectives) articulated in the framework, including potential benefits, drawbacks or challenges, and other priority areas for consideration
  • Future opportunities or emerging trans-NIH needs

NIH encourages organizations (e.g., patient advocacy groups, professional organizations) to submit a single response reflective of the views of the organization or membership as a whole.

How to Submit a Response

All comments must be submitted electronically on the submission website.

Responses must be received by 11:59:59 pm (ET) on March 25, 2020.

Responses to this RFI are voluntary and may be submitted anonymously. Please do not include any personally identifiable information or any information that you do not wish to make public. Proprietary, classified, confidential, or sensitive information should not be included in your response. 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.

We look forward to your input and hope that you will share this RFI opportunity with your colleagues.

Inquiries

Please direct all inquiries to:

nihstrategicplan@od.nih.gov

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NNLM SEA Digest News – February 14, 2020

Fri, 2020-02-14 10:26

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

NNLM News

Upcoming Online Training Opportunities*

Moodle LMS Asynchronous Course Opportunities

Webinars February 17 – February 19

Webinars February 24 – February 26

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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Consumer Health Community of Practice Workshop at PLA

Wed, 2020-02-12 11:26

To kick off the NNLM Consumer Health Community of Practice, we are hosting a free workshop ahead of PLA in Nashville with DeEtta Jones & Associates on Tuesday February 25, 1:30-5pm.  It is a half-day workshop where you have the opportunity to collaborate with other participants to learn more about serving underserved communities in a culturally humble and inclusive manner.  You will also learn about trusted health information resources from the National Library of Medicine and how you can partner with NNLM to support the All of Us Research Program.

If you would like to attend, go to the Community of Practice for Consumer Health Professionals website and select “Request a Spot.”  We look forward to seeing you there!

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Celebrate American Heart Month with the NNLM Reading Club

Tue, 2020-02-11 09:49

Heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States, is largely preventable. There are many things people can do to reduce their risk: exercise, make healthy food choices, and also visit their healthcare provider regularly. February is American Heart Month, but any time is a good time to help raise awareness about heart disease and prevention.

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

The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae by Stephanie Butland l The Open Heart Club by Gabriel Brownstein l State of the Heart by Haider Warraich, MD

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The Call for Requests for Rise, Serve, Lead! America’s Women Physicians and Rashes to Research: Scientists and Parents Confront the 1964 Rubella Epidemic is now open

Thu, 2020-02-06 08:34

All submissions must be received by February 28, 2020, 11:59pm, E.S.T.  An announcement of host sites will be made on April 13, 2020 by 5:00pm.

If you would like to host Rise, Serve,Lead! American’s Women Physicians and Rashes to Research: Scientists and Parents Confront the 1964 Rubella Epidemic, please complete a Call for Requests Response Form and submit your completed form to: NLMCallForRequestsSubmissions@mail.nlm.nih.gov by February 28, 2020, 11:59pm, E.S.T.

Each of these exhibitions consists of six graphic banners.  Rise, Serve, Lead! highlights the lives and achievements of women physicians who have made a difference through their medical practice and research, work as activists, service as administrators, and mentorship to the next generation of physicians.

Rashes to Research looks at the 1964 rubella epidemic, during which 20,000 children were born with serious heart, hearing, and vision problems related to rubella exposure during pregnancy. While the nation’s scientists rushed to create a vaccine and develop better screening tests, families faced difficult, complicated decisions about current and future pregnancies.

Find out about Exhibitions Connect through the NIH InFocus article at:   https://infocus.nlm.nih.gov/2019/07/11/exhibitions-connect-how-partners-bring-nlm-health-information-resources-to-communities-across-america/

To learn about our new Call for Requests process for hosting an NLM traveling banner exhibition, please visit our website at: https://www.nlm.nih.gov/hmd/about/exhibition/booktraveling-exhibitionsconnect.html

You can find a curated collection of health information resources, training and promotional materials related to the Rise, Serve, Lead! and Rashes to Research exhibition, at the free-of-charge NLM/NNLM Moodle Course at https://nnlm.gov/user/login?moodle_url=true&destination=moodle.  An NNLM account is required for access along with the enrollment key “connect.”

 

 

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