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Technology Funding Spotlight: … Because there is so much more than Google!

Thu, 2020-04-30 11:58

Guest Post By: Mary Pat Gage, Medical Librarian, Baptist Health South Florida

Patient/Family Resource Center & Medical Library

Patient/Family Resource Center & Medical Library

The Patient/Family Resource Center & Medical Library in the Baptist Health South Florida Miami Cancer Institute (MCI) is centrally located on the second floor and is part of a beautiful research and multi-disciplinary care outpatient facility. In addition to providing library services to our clinical staff, we invite patients and their families to use the library to request librarian-mediated searches, browse consumer health materials, use a computer, or simply enjoy a quiet place to wait between appointments.

The MCI Social Work Case Managers use the library for support group programming, and expressed interest in also offering consumer health library instruction. At the time, however, there was a major limitation: the library had a wall-mounted 60” television, but no AV equipment to present course materials on. We therefore applied for a technology grant to cover the costs of a minicomputer and wireless mouse/keyboard that, when connected to the television, would convert it to a monitor. We were delighted and appreciative to be awarded the grant, and as a result, now have the training infrastructure we need.

The plan was to hold 15 minute sessions as part of monthly support group meetings for 1 year, and in September 2019, we held the first session. It was attended by 10 patients/family members and I used a short PowerPoint presentation followed by a live demonstration about using the BHSF library page to find authoritative resources. Particular attention was placed on MedlinePLUS, the National Cancer Institute, and Clinical Trials.gov. This group was very interested in clinical trials information and took away MEDLINE Plus bookmarks.

Patient/Family Resource Center & Medical Library

While feedback from the social workers was positive, in February 2020, the support group facilitators reported that the consumer health instruction took too much time away from meeting the immediate needs of the patients and caregivers during their scheduled group appointments, and asked to put the program on hold.

We now use the equipment for digital signage filled with rotating images of library locations and services, NLM resources, databases, and event photos. Fortunately, the display is easily viewed from both inside and outside the library (thanks to a clear glass exterior wall). While the original requestors put the program on hold, we have been asked about scheduling in-library training with our nurse educators. Unfortunately, COVID-19 has delayed these efforts for now, but we plan to resume them upon our return, and appreciate having the equipment to provide it!

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Digital Literacy Resources from PLA and All of Us

Wed, 2020-04-29 12:44

In a time where we rely so heavily on digital connectivity, how can we ensure that library communities have the support they need to stay connected?

The Public Library Association (PLA), National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) and the All of Us Research Program (All of Us) have partnered together to create free resources for library staff to support their community’s digital literacy needs. Resources include a curriculum guide for library staff to teach digital literacy by using health topics and a series of online modules designed to teach basic Internet skills. Available in English and Spanish, the modules are designed to help new internet users navigate the online world.

Learn more about why digital literacy is so important to health, participate in virtual trainings, access free resources to help your library support digital health literacy, and promote your digital literacy training sessions to individuals in your community in partnership with NNLM and All of Us.

Visit nnlm.gov/allofus/digitalhealthliteracy to access these resources and opportunities and more!

Looking for more ways to engage your community around digital literacy?

Try promoting citizen science as a way for your community to practice digital literacy skills, learn about factors that impact health, and contribute meaningful data to scientific research!

To get started, check out our online course “Introduction to Citizen Science,” a free, online class developed in partnership with SciStarter. This course is for any member of the public who is interested in learning about citizen science and how they can participate in citizen science activities both online and in-person.

Visit scistarter.org/nlm to access citizen science resources.

NNLM invites you to learn and share innovative ways to continue supporting the digital literacy needs of your communities with your colleagues in the NNLM network.

These opportunities have been brought to you in partnership with All of Us, a national research program seeking one million or more people from across the United States to help speed up medical research. Learn more about All of Us at joinallofus.org/internetskills.

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Victory 3D Printing for Health Care Personnel

Tue, 2020-04-28 13:47

Guest Post By: Brian Zelip, Emerging Technologies Librarian, Health Sciences and Human Services Library, University of Maryland, Baltimore

Health care personnel the world over are facing the dangers of a critical shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) during the COVID-19 pandemic. PPE includes items such as isolation gowns, eye protection, face masks, N95 respirators, ventilators, and more. In response to the global supply crisis, agencies like the CDC and FDA are recommending the use of improvised PPE to fill the gap until official supplies are more readily available.

People all around the world are leveraging a wide range of tools and materials to make improvised PPE. Academic health sciences libraries with makerspaces are particularly suited to contribute to this effort. Not only are such libraries likely to have 3D printers and other fabrication tools, they are also likely to have a connection to the front lines of local responses to public health crises.

The University of Maryland Health Sciences & Human Services Library (HS/HSL) has been contributing 3D printed parts for various local PPE needs.

  • A Baltimore-wide effort to make durable improvised PPE available to health care providers by the case at minimal cost. The organizers solicit people with 3D printers and sewing machines to print face shield parts and sew face masks. Organizers then sanitize, assemble, and package them for distribution.
  • The Infectious Disease department at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Multiple PPE designs have been prototyped and reviewed for usage.
  • All 10,000+ personnel at the University of Maryland Medical Center. All hospital staff wear face masks for extended periods of times. It is causing broken skin and irritation behind their ears. 3D printed surgical mask tension release bands (“ear savers”) can alleviate this issue. See the “S” design and the various head size design.
3D Printed Personal Protective Equipment

A selection of the 3D printed personal protective equipment produced by the University of Maryland HS/HSL

The HS/HSL is not alone in this effort. Other academic health sciences libraries are involved in similar work, including but not limited to:

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NNLM SEA Planning and Assessment Questionnaire open until April 30th

Mon, 2020-04-27 10:09

As the National Network of Libraries of Medicine enters the final year of our cooperative agreement, we in the Southeastern/Atlantic regional medical library are assessing our services and planning for the future.

You’re invited to complete our 2020 Planning and Assessment Questionnaire. This survey was prepared by the SEA office in collaboration with the NNLM Evaluation Office.

You can complete it by clicking on the link below:

NNLM SEA 2020 Planning and Assessment Questionnaire

This survey will take approximately 5 minutes to complete, and you can stop responding at any time. We will collect feedback until April 30th, 2020.

Only summary data will be reported outside of the SEA office, and you are not required to provide any identifying information. At the end of the survey, you’ll be asked if you want to enter a drawing to win free conference registration (up to $1,000). Should you choose to enter, you will need to provide contact information. This information will be removed before your responses are shared within the office for analysis.

Thank you for all that you do to promote access to reliable health information within your communities. Your feedback will help us improve our outreach and education offerings and better serve the needs of this large and diverse region.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Tony Nguyen at ttnguyen@hshsl.umaryland.edu or Kiri Burcat at kburcat@hshsl.umaryland.edu

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Severe Storms Reported Across the Southern United States

Fri, 2020-04-24 16:07

If you are in or around the hard-hit areas, 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

State and Territory Resources

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

Alabama

Florida

Georgia

Mississippi

South Carolina

NLM Disaster Information Management Resource Center (DIMRC)

We encourage you to visit the following pages from the NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC). You can embed the content from both of these pages on your own Website by accessing the Health and Human Services (HHS) Content Syndication Storefront. When we update any of these pages, your pages will be automatically updated as well.

MedlinePlus

Reliable Resources for Tornado Preparedness & Response

Mobile Apps

NNLM SEA Resources

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NNLM SEA Digest News – April 24, 2020

Fri, 2020-04-24 10:12

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

NNLM News

Upcoming Online Training Opportunities*

Moodle LMS Asynchronous Course Opportunities

Webinars April 28 – April 29

Webinars April 30 – May 8

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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Join NNLM for the Spring #citeNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on Preventative Health and Wellness

Thu, 2020-04-23 13:46

You’re invited to join the National Network of Libraries of Medicine as we add citations to existing Wikipedia articles on Preventative Health and Wellness using the trusted National Library of Medicine resources. The virtual event is taking place April 30, 2020. For more information on how to participate and join our program dashboard, visit nnlm.gov/wiki.

By holding #citeNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thons, we can:

  • Make it easier to get credible, evidence-based health information online
  • Disseminate NLM sources and increase their reach
  • Leverage network members’ expertise, experiences, and audiences
  • Engage NNLM members nationwide
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New NLM Webinar: Getting the Most Out of DOCLINE

Wed, 2020-04-22 11:57

Four DOCLINE updates have been added in the last 6 weeks, such as the new “Print Resources Available” indicator.

Join the DOCLINE Team for a new webinar – “Getting the Most Out of DOCLINE” – on April 29 to learn what you may have missed!

The webinar will be hosted by the DOCLINE Team members from NLM and the National DOCLINE Coordination Office. The Team will provide a brief system overview including current statistics, recent enhancements, power user tips for best results, and answer user questions.

Date and time: Wednesday, April 29, 2020, 2:00PM-2:30PM EDT. Registration is required.

Register here: https://nnlm.gov/class/getting-most-out-docline/24196 with your NNLM account.

Please submit your questions in advance. Additional questions will be taken as time permits.

Note: The webinar will be recorded for those unable to attend.

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Upcoming Webinar on Sharing, Discovering, and Citing COVID-19 Data and Code in Generalist Repositories

Tue, 2020-04-21 12:11

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the National Institutes of Health is hosting a free webinar for researchers to learn how to share, discover, and cite COVID-19 data and code in generalist repositories on Friday, April 24 from 2:00-3:45 p.m. ET.

The biomedical research community’s understanding of the novel coronavirus and the associated coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is rapidly evolving. Open science and the timely sharing of research data have played a critical role in advancing our understanding of COVID-19 and accelerating the pace of discovery.

Researchers will have an opportunity to hear from multiple generalist repositories about the ways each repository is supporting discoverability and reusability of COVID-19 data and associated code. The NLM will also provide an overview of available COVID-19 literature.

The webinar will be available via NIH VideoCast.

Instructions on submitting questions will be made available closer to the webinar. Interested participants are encouraged to bookmark this page for the latest updates and follow #NIHdata on Twitter.  The webinar will be recorded and available a week after the live event.

See the agenda on the ODSS website.

To add the attached event to your calendar, double-click the attachment to open, next click the ‘Copy to My Calendar’ button.

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Celebrate National Library Week with the Book Spine Poetry Contest!

Mon, 2020-04-20 11:12
Book Spine Poetry Contest

National Poetry Month | April 1 – 30

Book spine poetry

 

Calling all Maya Angelous, Pablo Nerudas, and Claude McKays! In honor of National Poetry Month and National Library Week, NNLM SEA is hosting a book spine poetry contest. All participants will be entered into a lottery to receive free registration to ALA Annual 2021 or the conference of their choice*!

The Rules

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

How to Enter

Submissions will be accepted throughout National Poetry Month: Wednesday, April 1 – Thursday, April 30.

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

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

 

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

Questions? Nancy Patterson is happy to assist.

Book spine poetry

Book spine poetry

Book spine poetry

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NNLM SEA Digest News – April 17, 2020

Fri, 2020-04-17 10:41

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

NNLM News

Upcoming Online Training Opportunities*

Moodle LMS Asynchronous Course Opportunities

Webinars April 22 – April 28

Webinars April 29 – April 30

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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