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Funding Awarded to the University of Iowa’s Gathering Welcome Project

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The GMR office is excited to announce funding for the Gathering Welcome: Creating a Curriculum to Teach Health Literacy to Immigrant and Refugee Women via our Health Information Outreach award.

Project:

Description:  The result of this project will be a cohesive, vetted curriculum designed to improve the health literacy and health information access and outcomes of refugee women living in Johnson and Linn counties in Iowa. This project will develop a formal curriculum in collaboration with the College of Education, the Obermann Center Public Engagement Working Group, and the School of Public Health.  The new curriculum will be tested through delivery to the target population by SLIS students, encouraging them to understand the challenges of meeting the needs of traditionally underserved individuals and promoting the NLM’s consumer health information resources.  This project is meant to create replicable programming for other community organizations and has the additional benefit of engaging SLIS students with traditionally underserved communities using NLM resources.

Objectives:  The primary goals of this project are to 1) increase knowledge regarding the health information needs and health literacy of refugee women. This will result in public health, information, and resettlement organizations being better equipped to address the gaps in displaced women’s abilities to access health information for themselves and their families.  2) Develop an effectual program to improve the health literacy of refugee women so that they will be better equipped to seek health information and, ultimately, care in the US. 3) Promote health librarianship, working with traditionally underserved populations, and NLM community health information resources to SLIS students. 4) Disseminate the project findings and resultant initiative to library science schools and community organizations so that they will be able to implement this programming in their communities.

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Midwest Data Librarian Symposium Call for Proposals

Mon, 2019-07-15 14:54

Midwest Data Librarian Symposium (MDLS) invites session proposals for its 5th symposium taking place at University of Illinois at Chicago (Chicago, IL) on September 30 – October 1, 2019.

MDLS is a low-cost, 2-day, hands-on, unconference style event for Midwesterners who support research data management and research data services (RDS) at their institutions. The greater data community, not limited to data librarians, is invited to present interactive sessions at this year’s event. Presenters from all disciplines and regions are encouraged to apply.

Proposals are due on July 31, 2019.

Full details and the application form can be found on the MDLS website.

Questions?  Contact us at mwdatalibsym@gmail.com

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Twinsburg Public Library Receives NNLM Public Library Partnership Award

Sun, 2019-07-14 16:00

Map location Twinsburg OhioTwinsburg Public Library is located in northeast Ohio, between Akron and Cleveland. It’s famous for its annual Twins Days Festival held in August. Because of its commitment for providing information and education to the community, the Library is using its award to host three speaker programs in August to raise awareness of health issues impacting Twinsburg: addiction, online behavior, and vaccinations.

Supporting evidence from the proposal indicates that Summit County schools fall short of the 80% vaccination rate. Vaccine hesitancy, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), threatens to reverse progress made in tackling vaccine-preventable diseases. Measles, for example, has seen a 30% increase globally.

More than half of persons who took a survey at Twinsburg Public Library revealed that they either use a substance or know a family member who does. The library recommends a public education program raising awareness of addiction.

A recent incident brought awareness for Internet Safety training. The library will invite Elizabeth L. Jeglic Ph.D., author of “Protecting your Child from Sexual Abuse” and provide copies of her book as well as copies of a children’s book titled, “Creepy Street: The Spider on the Web,” which will help give parents the tools to discuss abuse and online predators with smaller children.

MedlinePlus and All of Us information will be shared at each program so that the community will become knowledgable of trustworthy, accurate health information.

The NNLM All of Us Public Library Partnership Award allows for the development of projects and programs that increase access to and capacity to use National Library of Medicine (NLM) and other authoritative health information resources to enable individuals to make informed decisions about their health. Each award recipient receives up to $20,000.

The award also supports the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network (CEN) mission to increase public and participant awareness and understanding of the NIH All of Us Research Program using approved health literacy topics, programs, and materials in support of public libraries providing outreach to populations that meet the NIH Underrepresented in Biomedical Research (UBR) criteria as defined by the NIH All of Us Research Program.

Learn more about JoinAllofUs.org

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Dementia Outreach, an NNLM All of Us Public Library Partnership Award

Sun, 2019-07-14 14:07

The Greater Midwest Region is pleased to offer one of four All of Us Public Library Partnership Program Awards to Jim DiDonato, Director of Round Lake Area Public Library and Christine Damon, Gerontology/Adult Educator. They will expand upon Tales and Travels, a program that NNLM funded in 2015-2016 and received a 2017 Library of Congress Best Practices Honoree.

Tales and Travel is designed to use library materials to enrich the lives of people with Alzheimer’s Disease. In a comfortable setting, librarians and volunteers lead the group as they read a travel story, browse through picture books, and converse about a chosen country or region of the United States.

“Stigma about dementia often keeps people from seeking diagnosis and treatment; it also precipitates withdrawal from favorite activities and places due to a lack of acceptance. The public library can help to counteract this stigma while increasing community participation by assisting the public to learn more about dementia and by welcoming this group of too-often forgotten people into their facilities,” Jim DiDonato explained.

Library staff and trustees will benefit from training about the disease and about supportive strategies for interacting with people living with dementia. The program includes an introduction to National Library of Medicine (NLM) resources and a dementia awareness curriculum that includes definition and characteristics of dementia as well as an introduction to general communication, library-specific, and environmental strategies that support people with dementia and their care partners. In-person curriculum-based training will be delivered at public libraries in northeastern Illinois, southern Illinois, and southeastern Wisconsin. Evidence shows that in these states, the number of adults over 65 years of age will see increasing rates of  Alzheimer’s:

  • Illinois – 220,000 in 2018 with an expected increase of 18.2% by 2025 to 260,000
  • Wisconsin – 110,000 in 2018 with an expected increase of 18.2% by 2025 to 130,000

Higher numbers of dementia are seen among certain ethnic populations, notably African Americans and Latinos. The Round Lake Area Library serves a large Latino population (38.9%). Culturally humble dementia education and support are especially relevant for engagement and understanding.

Because Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias affect a diverse, substantial, and growing population, the project’s focus on dementia also presents an opportunity for increased public and participant awareness and understanding of the NIH All of Us Research Program to advance medicine and improve treatment and care for all of us. All training and partnering libraries will share information about the research program.

Public libraries taking part in the Dementia & All of Us Research Awareness Program include:

Round Lake Area Public Library (IL), Antioch Public Library District (IL) Fremont Public Library (IL), Warren-Newport Public Library (IL), Whitefish Bay Public Library (WI), Dwight Foster Public Library (WI), Muskego Public Library (WI), Bridges Library System (WI)

The NNLM All of Us Public Library Partnership Award allows for the development of projects and programs that increase access to and capacity to use National Library of Medicine (NLM) and other authoritative health information resources to enable individuals to make informed decisions about their health. Each award recipient receives up to $20,000.

The award also supports the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network (CEN) mission to increase public and participant awareness and understanding of the NIH All of Us Research Program using approved health literacy topics, programs, and materials in support of public libraries providing outreach to populations that meet the NIH Underrepresented in Biomedical Research (UBR) criteria as defined by the NIH All of Us Research Program.

Learn more about JoinAllofUs.org

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NNLM Public Library Partnership Award Supports Health Information Toolkits

Sun, 2019-07-14 12:52

Stephanie Swanberg photoStephanie Swanberg, Assistant Professor and Information Literacy and eLearning Librarian for the Oakland University William Beaumont (OUWB) School of Medicine received one of four NNLM Public Library Partnership awards. With her award, the OUWB Medical Library was able to take on a medical student as an intern for the first time.

She said, “This is the perfect time for OUWB to host summer internships as our M1 students have made it through their first year and have the foundational knowledge and skills to now apply to their internship work,” Swanberg said.

Emily Yuen, M2, helped develop a set of ready-made health education toolkits to be used by the Auburn Hills Public Library as part of its programming in 2019-2020.

“As a future pediatrician, Emily enthusiastically delved into developing two toolkits on bone health and the heart for kids and was so excited to learn about how libraries and health professionals can work together to promote healthy lifestyles and health literacy,” Swanberg said.

Swanberg said Yuen’s previous experience, knowledge, work ethic, and outgoing personality made her the ideal intern.

“This truly was a collaborative internship where Emily worked with experts from many different areas of OUWB and the community: the medical library, the public library, medical school faculty, and medical education staff,” Swanberg said.

OUWB Summer Internships Benefit Students, Community Alike

The NNLM All of Us Public Library Partnership Award allows for the development of projects and programs that increase access to and capacity to use National Library of Medicine (NLM) and other authoritative health information resources to enable individuals to make informed decisions about their health. Each award recipient receives up to $20,000.

The award also supports the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network (CEN) mission to increase public and participant awareness and understanding of the NIH All of Us Research Program using approved health literacy topics, programs, and materials in support of public libraries providing outreach to populations that meet the NIH Underrepresented in Biomedical Research (UBR) criteria as defined by the NIH All of Us Research Program.

Learn more about JoinAllofUs.org

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OSU Health Sciences Library Hosts the Journey

Sun, 2019-07-14 11:10

The OSU Health Sciences Library (HSL) hosted the NIH All of Us Research Program Mobile Education and Engagement Exhibit at the Wexner Medical Center plaza in June. During the two-day event, more than 200 persons learned about precision medicine through activities and information. The Wexner Medical Center also served as an enrollment center, one of the first health science libraries to participate in this role.OSU Wexner Medical Center hosting Journey June 11 & 12 text

The All of Us Research Program aims to speed up health research and medical breakthroughs through data provided by 1 million or more volunteer participants. The program is open to any person living in the United States. Unlike a single research study focused on a specific disease or community, the All of Us Research Program will be a resource to inform thousands of studies, covering a wide range of health conditions. This information will help researchers learn more about different diseases and treatments, and participants will learn more about their health status and receive important information to share with their family members.

As a recipient of the All of Us Community Engagement Network Ambassador Program Award from the Greater Midwest Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Lynda Hartel, Judith Wiener, and Missy Creed support the library’s outreach activities with community partners to promote education on the topic of precision medicine, and Ohio’s identified community health priorities which include chronic and infectious disease, mental health and addictions, and obesity.

Journey on OSU Medical Campus “The OSU Health Sciences Library is uniquely situated to be involved in the All of Us initiative,” said Lynda Hartel, Assistant Vice President for Health Sciences and Library Director. “We are surrounded by remarkable researchers who will access this data to conduct studies and we want to contribute to this effort. By teaming up with librarians from the Columbus Metropolitan Library, we can make more people aware of All of Us and the opportunity to improve their own health while helping to make medical history.”

Look for more stories of their community outreach work throughout the year.

To learn more about the All of Us Research Program, please visit JoinAllofUs.org.

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Louisville Free Public Library Receives NNLM All of Us Ambassador Award

Fri, 2019-07-12 11:42


Louisville Free Public Library logoThe Greater Midwest Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) has announced the Louisville Free Public Library as an award recipient of the 2019-2020 NNLM All of Us Ambassador Program. Funding for this program is the result of a partnership between the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and All of Us, a National Institutes of Health (NIH) research program that seeks to enroll one million or more people living in the United States to accelerate breakthroughs in precision medicine and advance treatment and prevention.

The Louisville Free Public Library will receive up to $100,000 to support the health information needs in the Louisville Metro area, which will assist individuals in making informed decisions concerning their healthcare. This grant award to The Library Foundation will enable LFPL to enrich the lives of community residents with information about the largest health risks facing the area, as identified in a 2015 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) conducted by the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health. These health risks include cancer, obesity, alcohol and drug addiction, heart disease, and nutritional deficiency. Over the next year, a portion of the award will fund the hiring of a full-time program coordinator to collaborate with strategic partners in developing health education programs and discussions for the public, as well as providing consumer health in-service training for public librarians.

“At a time when our city is focused on significant issues affecting public health and health equity, this is a great opportunity for the Library to offer free, health-related educational programming in the community,” said Library Director Lee Burchfield. “We look forward to working with NNLM and local partners to address these critical issues facing Louisville Metro.”

The Louisville Free Public Library is Kentucky’s largest public library system, serving more than two million visitors annually. Its mission is to provide individuals the broadest possible access to knowledge, ideas, and information in support of lifelong learning.

Learn more about the mission of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine at https://nnlm.gov and the All of Us Research Program at https://joinallofus.org/nlm.

To find free and trusted health information, visit https://medlineplus.gov/.

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The NNLM Reading Club Recognizes the Americans with Disabilities Act

Wed, 2019-07-03 15:30

 Switched On, Every Note Played, and Tough as They ComeOn July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act, which prohibits discrimination in employment, transportation, public accommodations, commercial facilities, telecommunications, and state and local government services.

The act paved the way for increased intersection in society for people with disabilities and fostered access to places and services, which improved the quality of life for all of us.

Celebrate this anniversary by selecting one of the NNLM Reading Club books for your library. Download discussion questions, promotional materials, and corresponding health information, or apply for a free NNLM Reading Club Book kit. To learn how, visit https://nnlm.gov/all-of-us/nnlm-reading-club-selection-guide/disability-health.

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All of Us Research Bus Visits Cincinnati to Promote Precision Medicine

Tue, 2019-07-02 00:23

The All of Us Journey mobile exhibit visited the University of Cincinnati (UC) medical campus and the Price Hill Recreation Center on June 21st and June 22nd. During the two-day visit, 112 people boarded the bus and 60 people enrolled in the All of Us Research Program.

All of Us is a large research program run by the National Institutes of Health. Its mission is to speed up health research and medical breakthroughs. To do this, All of Us is asking one million people to confidentially share their health information. All of Us plans to compile this data and build the largest health database of its kind. All of Us will allow researchers to explore how factors like environment, lifestyle, and genes can affect health. This may help develop new medical treatments that are unique to individuals and enable the future of precision medicine.

University of Cincinnati All of Us Journey

The All of Us Journey mobile exhibit features videos, games and activities designed to inform the public about precision medicine, research and the All of Us Research Program. Robert and Sharon White of Forest Park boarded the bus at the Price Hill Recreation Center. They said, “The mobile unit exceeded our expectations. We learned how unique we are as individuals. We enjoyed watching the videos and playing the interactive games.” The All of Us team promotes the program with the phrase “I am one in a million” and the social media hashtag #JoinAllofUs.

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Dr. Tiffany Grant, UC Libraries’ Assistant Director for Research and Informatics

Dr. Tiffany Grant, UC Libraries’ Assistant Director for Research and Informatics, worked in collaboration with the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine to orchestrate the All of Us Journey’s visit to Cincinnati. Don Jason, Health Informationist for UC Libraries, served as a site coordinator during the mobile unit’s visit. Sharon Purtee, Outreach Librarian for UC Libraries, staffed a health information table. She engaged the public, promoted National Library of Medicine resources and complemented the efforts of the All of Us Journey.

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Sharon Purtee and Don Jason, contributing author

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Funding Awarded to Wright State University’s High School Education Day for Substance Abuse Prevention Project

Thu, 2019-06-20 16:04

The GMR office is happy to announce that Wright State University has been granted an Emerging Health Initiative award in support of their High School Education Day for Substance Abuse Prevention project.

Description – Wright State University librarians, along with faculty and graduate students from the Boonshoft School of Medicine and College of Education and Human Services, will partner with local high schools to deliver substance abuse education and health literacy instruction to the students in six area high schools. A full-day, interactive curriculum will be provided to students on the WSU campus and will use NLM resources to support students in learning how to make healthy choices and be drug free.  Each of the partnership organizations will develop a learning module of instruction to support students in learning about aspects of addiction.

Objectives – The purpose of the High School Education Day for Substance Abuse Prevention project is to have students 1) Gain the discernment to identify credibility of the information via the Wright State University librarian instruction 2) Learn the neurobiology of addiction via the Boonshoft School of Medicine instruction 3) Learn the psychosocial factors related to addiction and the recovery process via the College of Education and Human Services instruction and finally 4) Advocate for healthy, drug-free choices via student groups creating a poster based on the evidence collected and learned from the three modules.

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NNLM Recruiting Data Thesaurus Advisory Board Members

Tue, 2019-06-18 16:19

The Research Data Management Workgroup of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine is recruiting Advisory Board members to be part of a committee that reviews terms, adds new terms, and suggest connections between terms. If you are interested in being part of the Data Thesaurus Advisory Board send your name to Mary Piorun (select hyperlink to find Mary’s e-mail address) by July 1st with a brief description (less than 300 words) explaining your interest.

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Funding Awarded to University of Minnesota Medical School – Duluth Mino Izhiwebzi Project

Tue, 2019-06-18 15:08

The GMR office is thrilled to announce funding for the Mino Izhiwebzi (“Good Health”) project created by the University of Minnesota Medical School – Duluth via our Health Information Outreach award.

Description:  Mino Izhiwebzi uses a multifaceted approach to address chronic disease management and improved wellness among Native American Ojibwe Elders of the Bois Forte Band of Cippewa.  The project’s activities will be developed and delivered by community health educators and care providers; they are community-based, culturally-responsive and tailored to the specific needs of Bois Forte Elders.  Services will center on monthly Elder gatherings addressing chronic health maintenance. These gatherings will combine learning and socialization, known to promote longevity and improve health among elderly. Selected gatherings will also foster improved health among young people through their inclusion in intergenerational bonding and culturally responsive learning activities.  Health-based games and cultural arts and crafts will help maintain mental acuity and hand dexterity while stimulating socialization and sustaining interest in participation.  Healthful eating is encouraged with MedlinePlus nutrition information and recipes.  Elders will also be offered monthly transportation to a large supermarket stocking a variety of affordable, nutritious foods.

Objectives:  The primary goals of this project are to 1) facilitate health literacy and patient empowerment through improved health, wellness, and preventive care knowledge., 2) Promote proactive self-care and improved overall health through nutrition, wellness and disease management and prevention, and 3) promote and maintain community health and wellness through culturally-responsive intergenerational learning.

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OSU Health Sciences Library Receives National Library of Medicine Award

Mon, 2019-06-17 14:42

Ohio State University Prior Health Sciences signThe Greater Midwest Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is pleased to announce The Ohio State University Health Sciences Library as an award recipient of the 2019-2020 NNLM All of Us Ambassador Program. Funding for this program stems from a critical partnership between the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and All of Us, an NIH research program that seeks to enroll one million or more people living in the United States to accelerate breakthroughs in precision medicine and advance treatment and prevention.

The Ohio State University Health Sciences Library will receive $94,000 to support the health information needs in the Columbus metropolitan area, which will enable individuals to make informed decisions concerning their healthcare. Individual projects will promote freely-available resources from NIH and NLM to increase health literacy while raising public awareness of the NIH All of Us Research Program. “This award will enable us to address the largest health risks facing our community,” reports Lynda Hartel, Associate Professor and Director of the OSU Health Sciences Library (HSL) who serves as the co-principle investigator of the award made to OSU, “and make more people aware of All of Us and the opportunity to track and improve their own health while expanding the data and tools available to our OSU researchers working on area health priorities including obesity, chronic and infectious disease, and addictions.”

Over the next year, Lynda and her experienced team of librarians including co-principle investigator Judith Wiener and Consumer Health Librarian Missy Creed, will collaborate with strategic partners including the Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML), the Ohio State University College of Public Health, Franklin County Public Health, Equitas Health, Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Library, and the NCH Healthy Neighborhoods Healthy Families initiative.  Together they will organize, and host health education programs and discussions for the public and provide training to CML librarians on how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.

The Ohio State University Health Sciences Library has an over 20-year history of serving outreach needs of the community as a designated Outreach Library and Resource Library within the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. The Columbus Metropolitan Library with its 22 branch locations inspires reading, shares resources, and connects the community through its numerous programs and activities, and is a primary partner in this program.

Find free and trusted health information with https://medlineplus.gov/. Learn more about All of Us at https://joinallofus.org/nlm.

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2019 Health Literacy Summit “A Sharper View Through the Lens of Health Literacy”

Mon, 2019-06-03 13:04

Educational. Engaging. Inspiring. These were words used to summarize the 2019 Wisconsin Health Literacy Summit.

With almost 300 attendees from 25 states, this year’s Summit captured the attention of many professionals looking to broaden their health literacy lens. A majority felt energized to take on the next step of a health literacy project and included comments, such as:

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“Lots of great resources! This presentation went quickly, but I look forward to reviewing things and sharing with my team when I get back.”

“The conference speakers inspired me to look at the services our agency delivers (i.e. ESL, correctional education, computer literacy, etc.) through a different lens. We have offered some health literacy workshops in the past, but these were offered as stand-alone activities. Following the conference, we plan to more fully integrate health related content into our daily activities with all learner populations.”

“Excellent Summit! This event has standing in the field, which makes it attract really good people, both new and experienced!”

In a 1-week follow-up survey, participants responded they are likely to use the health literacy research and practice-based tools presented at the Summit within one or more of the following areas:

  • interpersonal communication-print, audiovisual, web, or social media content-navigation of your facility (72%).
  • Prepare individuals you serve to access, understand and act on health information and services (67%).
  • Broaden your organization’s view of the role health literacy plays in all aspects of health, health care and patient/member experience (59%).
  • Include the population you serve in the design, implementation and evaluation of health information and services (59%).
  • Integrate health literacy into planning, evaluation, patient safety and/or quality improvement (51%)
  • Utilize health literacy principles and interventions to improve patient outcomes (44%).

You can find session recordings and materials at wisconsinhealthliteracy.org.

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Celebrate LGBTQ Pride Month with the NNLM Reading Club

Thu, 2019-05-30 12:16

Image of three book covers, titles, and authorsThe NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network is pleased to announce its three book selections in support of LGBTQ Pride Month, celebrated each June.

To learn more about each of these titles, download book discussion guides, promotional materials and corresponding LGBTQ health information or to apply for a free NNLM Reading Club Book kit, visit the NNLM Reading Club Selection Guide: LGBTQ Pride Month.

LGBTQ Pride Month is celebrated each year to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City’s Greenwich Village which, in June 1969, protested against the discrimination and oppression suffered by LGBQT individuals. The Stonewall riots marked the beginning of the LGBQT movement for equality. PRIDE month is a celebration of accomplishments to date, a remembrance of those who sacrificed their life for LQBQT equality and a call for continued commitment to the cause.

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Wisconsin Health Literacy Builds on NNLM Support to Advance Digital Health Literacy

Tue, 2019-05-28 08:46

The GMR is excited to announce that Wisconsin Health Literacy has been funded for a second year to continue its state-wide outreach to expand digital health literacy. In year one, WHL developed a digital health literacy workshop and delivered it to 32 communities across the state. This year, WHL will expand on their work offering an additional 25 workshops for consumers most at risk for low health literacy, especially targeting refugees, immigrants, indigenous peoples, LGBT communities and those with low literacy.

In addition, WHL will provide 10 train-the-trainer workshops for librarians, who work with vulnerable populations, on how to effectively help persons with low health literacy find trustworthy health information. An outcome of the train-the-trainer workshops will be to receive commitment from at least two libraries in each of Wisconsin Literacy’s four service regions to offer additional “Health Online: Finding Information You Can Trust” programs for their communities using materials provided to them.

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Allen College to Continue Serving Public Health Professionals in Iowa

Fri, 2019-05-24 13:40

Allen College has received funding from the GMR for the second year in a row to expand the services of the Iowa Public Health Research Center. This unique project aims to address an information and library-services gap for unaffiliated public health professionals in the state.

The Iowa Public Health Research Center (IPHRC) provides access for public health departments across Iowa’s 99 counties to the Allen College library resources and librarian. Iowa public health departments are frequently understaffed and in need of research support and assistance. IPHRC aims to fill that void and support institutions as they work to implement evidence-based public health interventions.

In addition to the library services, IPHRC staff will provide regional training to public health workers. These workshops will demonstrate how IPHRC can support their work and showcase key resources from the National Library of Medicine.

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Richland County Public Health Continues to Make Data FAIR

Tue, 2019-05-21 11:49

Richland County Public Health has received funding from the GMR for a second year to continue its project to make important public health data FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable). Last year, Richland County Public Health received funding to pull together, clean, and make available raw public health data from multiple health assessments. This year, Richland County Public Health will take the raw data and establish and sustain an interactive web tool for librarians and local health professionals to access FAIR local community health assessment data.

The interactive and user-friendly web interface embedded onto the Richland Public Health website will support health care professionals, public health professionals, and librarians who do not have analytical or financial support to produce meaningful and interpretable results from raw, local-level health data. Funding for this proposal will also provide this initiative the opportunity to fully complete the achievement of making county-level health data FAIR to health professionals and librarians in the North Central Ohio area.

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Purdue University Funded to Provide RDM Training

Fri, 2019-05-17 11:40

The GMR is excited to announce that Purdue University has received funding through the Research Data Award to provide research data management training to students. Training workshops will include FAIR Data Principles, Research Data Management Basics: Finding and Organizing Data, Cleaning and Formatting Data with OpenRefine, General Tips for Visualizing Biomedical Data, Biomedical Data Visualization with Tableau, and Useful R Packages for Analyzing and Visualizing Biomedical Data.

The workshops will be part of a larger project that seeks to study and understand rates of attrition in biomedical data challenges. In this context, researchers at Purdue will also host a Biomedical Data Challenge and conduct focus group sessions with individuals who drop out to better understand the reasons why. In addition to presenting results of their research at conferences throughout the year, a digital open education resource toolkit will be developed to help guide librarians in recruiting for and retaining diversity in data hacking challenges.

This projects supports Goal 3 of the NLM Strategic Plan, to build a workforce for data driven research and health, and supports the aligning objectives to expand and enhance research training for biomedical informatics and data science, to assure data science and open science proficiency, to increase workforce diversity, and to engage the next generation and promote data literacy.

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2019 ACRL Conference Review

Thu, 2019-05-02 14:00

 

I recently received an NNLM-GMR Professional Development Award to attend the 2019 ACRL Conference in Cleveland, OH, where I planned for an experience that would help inform my work with my library’s new systematic review service and my work helping to launch a new undergraduate learning community centered on critical data studies.

My ACRL experience began with a pre-conference session, OER + Scholarly Communication, where I spent the day learning about licensing agreements and the design and use of OER tools. A colleague and I are planning to build a toolkit for librarians interested in diversifying and retaining students in extracurricular innovation activities that use biomedical data, like hackathons and case competitions, so this learning opportunity was especially timely.

The conference was full of opportunities to learn about how academic librarians are working with data, offering data literacy services, and applying critical theory to librarianship. A few of my favorite sessions were:

  1. Improving Ourselves and Improving Care: Mitigating Unconscious Bias in Literature Searching, a session on designing inclusive search strategies;
  2. Sharing with the Community: Advice for Getting Your Writing Published, a session with practical tips for publishing with ACRL;
  3. Academic Library Impact: New Research from ACRL Grant Recipients, a session focused on assessing the impact of academic libraries and library services; and
  4. Setting the Stage for Civic-Minded Education: Casting New Roles for Librarians in Critical Information Literacy Instruction; a session focused on critical info lit that complimented my interests in critical data studies.

There were also several informative sessions on issues experienced by pre-tenure track librarians and issues surrounding diversity and inclusion. And, there were several social opportunities—my favorites being the WOC + LIB Social Hour and a night at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

I concluded my 2019 ACRL conference experience by presenting with a panel discussing recruitment and retention in STEM librarianship, alongside librarians from University of Michigan and Northwestern University. The panel was well received and presented a means to connect attendees searching for STEM librarianship jobs with open positions.

-Guest Post by Bethany McGowan, Assistant Professor of Library Science at Purdue University 

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