A Resilient New Year!
The New Year is a celebration of new beginnings. This may be especially true as we welcome 2021, which we hope will be a resilient New Year. Resilience sustains us through adversity by cultivating practices that help us cope … and 2020 was nothing if not full of adversity.
How can we practice resilience in the New Year? Psychologists define resilience as “the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or significant sources of stress—such as family and relationship problems, serious health problems, or workplace and financial stressors.”1 This doesn’t mean we deny reality but instead we develop the strong coping skills needed to deal with harsh realities. Fortunately, resilience is something we can cultivate and grow. These featured books offer helpful tips for your resiliency garden.
In Resilient: How to Grow an Unshakable Core of Calm, Strength, and Happiness, New York Times bestselling author Dr. Rick Hanson provides a roadmap to develop resilience. In a society that is so often toxic and unwelcoming, Dr. Anneliese A. Singh, Tulane University’s first Associate Provost for Diversity and Faculty Development and a prolific author, offers skills to gain resilience in The Queer and Transgender Resilience Workbook. Noted Black mental health expert, Dr. Rheeda Walker, illuminates how to attain what she describes as “psychological fortitude” in The Unapologetic Guide to Black Mental Health: Navigate an Unequal System, Learn Tools for Emotional Wellness, and Get the Help you Deserve.
Each of us can benefit from cultivating resilience, so let’s make 2021 a resilient New Year! To learn more about these books and their authors – and to find related helpful information from the National Library of Medicine and other authoritative sources – visit NNLM Reading Club’s Mental Health Resilience page.
1American Psychological Association. (2020, February 1). Building your resilience. http://www.apa.org/topics/resilience
Thanks to GMR for the Expert Speaker Award to support the Health Sciences Librarians of Illinois (HSLI) webinar “Health Sciences Archives 101, held Thursday, November 12. As so many other organizations have done, HSLI had to cancel its 2020 conference due to COVID-19, and had been looking for some alternate continuing education options for members (and beyond).
Our expert speaker was Lisa Mix, who has been Head of Archives at New York Presbyterian Hospital as well as an archivist at Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore, and the University of California San Francisco.
Lisa led participants through what to do if you are suddenly given responsibility for archives at your medical institution. She provided practical steps and recommended a wealth of support resources, including NLM History of Medicine Division, the History of Medicine Finding Aids Consortium, and NLM Digital Collections. She provided encouragement to “accidental archivists” who find themselves adding this role to those “other duties as assigned.”
HSLI was able to record the webinar: https://youtu.be/izC8tfR4CwE
And Lisa Mix’s handout is available on the HSLI website: http://hsli.org/
We are grateful to GMR for the support!
COVID-19 is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation.Get the latest public health information from CDC
Get the latest research information from NIH. We have compiled a list of free printable posters and resources for social media related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- COVID posters from NIH Office of Management in English and Spanish on keeping 6 feet, washing hands, masks are required, getting through your day with a mask, mask disposal, and more.
- COVID-19 Social Media Resources
- My Mental Health: Do I Need Help? Do you need help with your mental health? If you don’t know where to start, this infographic may help guide you. Disponible en español
- Anxiety Symptoms vs. COVID-19 Symptoms Disponible en español
- Panic attacks are discrete episodes, with an abrupt beginning – peaking at about 10 minutes – and a specific end, usually within half an hour. If you have a persistent fever and cough, as well as trouble breathing, call your doctor
- I’m So Stressed Out! Fact Sheet This fact sheet is intended for teens and young adults and presents information about stress, anxiety, and ways to cope when feeling overwhelmed. En Español
- Shareable Resources on Coping with COVID-19
- What You Need to Know About COVID-19 and Pets We are still learning about SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, but it appears that it can spread from people to animals in some situations. A small number of pets worldwide have been reported to be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, mostly after close contact with people with COVID-19. Size: 8.5” x 11”
- Covid-19 School Symptom Screening Flowchart This flowchart explains when students who have symptoms of COVID-19 can return to school, based on whether the student had close contact with someone with COVID-19, whether the student attends school with moderate risk of transmission or higher, and the student’s testing results.
- Do Choose Masks That … Do choose masks that have two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric, completely cover your nose and mouth, and fit snugly against the sides of your face. Size: 8.5″ x 11″
- How to Take off a Mask Take off a mask by following these steps: untie the strings behind your head or stretch the ear loops, handle only by the ear loop or ties, fold outside corners together, and be careful not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth when removing. Wash your hands immediately after removing. Size: 8.5x 11
- Help Protect Yourself and Others in Public Settings – Poster. Alternative Language: Arabic | Cape Verdean Creole | Chinese (Simplified) | French | Haitian Creole | Hmong | Khmer | Kinyarwanda | Lao | Marshallese |Portuguese | Swahili
- 10 Things You Can Do to Manage your COVID-19 Symptoms at Home. Size: 8.5”W x 11”H. Alternative Languages: Chinese | Korean | Spanish | Vietnamese | Amharic | Arabic | Burmese | Dari | Farsi | French | Haitian-Creole | Hmong | Karen | Khmer | Kinyarwanda | Lao | Marshallese | Nepali | Pashto | Portuguese | Russian | Somali | Swahili | Tagalog | Tigrinya | Ukrainian
- K-12 Students: Did You Wash Your Hands? Size: 8.5”H x 11”W. Alternative Languages: Spanish
- More print resources from the CDC
- Wide variety of handwashing posters from the CVD
- 9 Steps to Reducing Worker Exposure to COVID-19 in Meat, Poultry, and Pork Processing and Packaging Facilities Poster
- Ten Steps All Workplaces Can Take to Reduce Risk of Exposure to Coronavirus Poster
- COVID-19 Guidance for In-Home Repair Services
- Steps to Protect Automotive Service Workers from Exposure to Coronavirus Poster
- Steps to Protect Cleaning Staff During COVID-19 Poster
- Feeling Stressed or Anxious About the COVID-19 Pandemic?
- Are You Working to Help People Affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic?
- Feeling Stressed or Anxious About the COVID-19 Pandemic? (Spanish version) – ¿Te sientes estresado o ansioso por la pandemia de COVID-19?
- Are You Working to Help People Affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic? (Spanish version) – ¿Estás trabajando para ayudar a las personas afectadas por la pandemia de COVID-19?
- Tips for Survivors of a Pandemic: Managing Stress
- Tips for Healthcare Professionals: Coping with Stress and Compassion Fatigue
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The GMR is excited to announce that two institutions have been awarded funding to host students as part of a new data internship award. The purpose of the Library Data Internship Award is to build capacity in the library and information science community to support data-driven research and health. A short description of the two funded projects follow.
University of Minnesota – Led by Jonathan Koffel
Through the Data Visualization with Excel Internship, the University of Minnesota Health Sciences Library will hire an intern to create a robust training experience as one step toward the goal of cultivating a diverse data science workforce, enhancing information delivery, and promoting data literacy. Through the experience, the Data Visualization Intern will learn and apply a broad set of skills related to data visualization with Excel for hands-on application via teaching, consulting, and learning object creation. One outcome that the Intern will be tasked with is designing, researching, and completing learning objects (e.g., handouts, online guides, and annotated visualization, workshops) to illustrate Excel-based data science skills.
University of Iowa – Led by Brian Westra
An intern from the University of Iowa School of Library and Information Science will be hired to assist with the development, implementation, and analysis of a needs assessment and education/awareness outreach project. This project will enhance awareness of university support, align services to address gaps and opportunities, and broaden the impact of UI research by improving data sharing practices to be more consistent with FAIR data principles. The project will directly address a gap in the Libraries understanding of the data sharing practices, infrastructure needs, and data literacy of researchers across campus. The assessment will enable the librarians to more efficiently target instruction, curation, and data preservation and access services, increasing the impact of research through more effective data stewardship and sharing.
Join us on Tuesday, December 1st as the University of Cincinnati recognizes World AIDS Day
On December 1, 2020, the University of Cincinnati will participate in Worlds AIDS Day by organizing a symposium to highlight the past, present and future of HIV/AIDS around the world from a medical, research and urban perspective. Open to all, this day-long, virtual event will feature speakers from around the country who have endeavored in many facets of HIV/AIDS treatment, research and advocacy. The day’s speakers include:
· Judith Feinberg, M.D., chair of the HIV Medicine Association and professor of behavioral medicine & psychiatry, professor of medicine/infectious diseases and E.B. Flink Vice Chair of Medicine for Research at West Virginia University School of Medicine.
· Mamie Harris, founder of IV-CHARIS (Compassionate Hearts, Assisting, Restoring, Instructing and Service), a faith-based, minority HIV organization in Cincinnati that has touched the lives of over 40,000 individuals through its collective programs.
· Keith R. Green, former associate editor of Positively Aware and current chairman of the anti-AIDS group Chicago Black Gay Men’s Caucus.
· Carl Fichtenbaum, M.D., professor of clinical medicine and associate chairman of medicine for translational research at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.
· Darion Banister, regional manager for capacity building and community engagement for Gilead COMPASS Initiative located at Emory University.
· UC’s World AIDS Day will kick off on November 30 with a workshop Staying Positive: Winning, Living, and Thriving with HIV led by Morris Singletary, HIV/AIDS activist and founder of the poZItive2poSItive Initiative that works to Keep HIV- people Negative, and to make sure those who are living with HIV are engaged or get re-engaged into care by initiatives that are fun while educating. Aimed at those with HIV, the objectives of the workshop are to explain the importance of cultural humility, naming strategies for confronting HIV-related stigma, explaining different ways those living with HIV/AIDS can advocate for themselves and identifying community support and prevention services.
Also join us on Monday, November 30th for the workshop Staying Positive: Winning, Living, and Thriving with HIV
This workshop will be led by Morris Singletary, HIV/AIDS activist and founder of the poZItive2poSItive Initiative that works to Keep HIV- people Negative, and to make sure those who are living with HIV are engaged or get re-engaged into care by initiatives that are fun while educating. This workshop is targeted to those who are infected with HIV, those at high risk for acquiring HIV, and those who advocate for them. This workshop will focus on stigma, self-care, and advocacy.
Workshop objectives include:
- Explain the importance of cultural humility and the role it plays in addressing stigma and building better relationships with consumers and health care providers.
- Name strategies for confronting HIV-related stigma
- Explain several different ways that people living with HIV/AIDS can advocate for themselves
- Identify community support and prevention services for those living with HIV/AIDS and/or at high risk for contracting HIV/AIDS
UC’s World AIDS Day is sponsored by the University of Cincinnati Libraries, the Office of Equity, Inclusion and Community Impact and by the Midwest AIDS Training + Education Center (MATEC). The day’s schedule, speaker bios and registration information for both the November 30 workshop and the December 1 symposium is available on the World AIDS Day web site.
Both events are virtual, free, and open to the public. We look forward to seeing you there.
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The GMR is excited to announce two new funding opportunities! The application deadline is November 30, 2020.
All of Us Awareness and Virtual Engagement Award
This award enables NNLM member organizations within the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) to develop and offer programs to improve public access to health information and provide awareness of All of Us to communities. The award also supports professional capacity around precision medicine and All of Us to better understand and support community outreach of the program and to better serve the community health information needs. Up to $49,999 is available per Award. Project timeline: January 1, 2021 – April 30, 2021. Learn more and apply.
Quick Response COVID-19 Health Information Outreach Award
This award enables organizations to develop and offer programs, including pilot projects, that will impact health literacy and health information needs related to the COVID-19 / SARS-CoV-2 global pandemic in the Greater Midwest Region. This award will provide funds for organizations to offer health information and related programming within their community. Up to $49,999 is available per Award. Project timeline: January 1, 2021 – April 30, 2021. Learn more and apply.
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Are you struggling to find a simple definition for key data terminologies? Wondering where to find resources and relevant literature regarding data vocabularies? Look no further! The Network of the National Library of Medicine’s Data Thesaurus provides key tools for data-driven exploration.
The Data Thesaurus is a resource connecting and defining concepts, services, and tools relevant to librarians working in data-driven discovery. A definition, relevant literature, and web resources accompany each term along with links to related terms. Users can search or browse the 70 different terms.
Launched in 2013, the original data thesaurus has undergone updates and transformations. As the world of data evolves, so too does the thesaurus. In fact, over the past year, a group of dedicated librarians from across the country have come together to serve on the NNLM Data Thesaurus Advisory Group. Members of the Advisory Group are working on evaluating and updating the current thesaurus with new resources, terms, and definitions. As you explore the thesaurus, please share your feedback! Do you see missing terms? Broken links? General feedback? We’re open to hearing it all!
We hope the Data Thesaurus proves to be a useful resource for you and your stakeholders!
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Great news! The application process for hosting our two new traveling exhibitions, Care and Custody: Past Responses to Mental Health and This Lead is Killing Us: A History of Citizens Fighting Lead Poisoning in their Communities is now open.
All submissions must be received by November 6, 2020, 11:59pm, E.S.T. An announcement of host sites will be made on December 28, 2020 by 5:00pm, E.S.T.
To apply for Care and Custody and This Lead is Killing, please complete the application form below and submit your completed application to: NLMExhibitionApplications@nih.gov by November 6, 2020, 11:59pm, E.S.T.
The goal of NLM Traveling Exhibitions is for libraries to highlight, showcase, integrate and share NLM’s health information resources with their audiences, communities, patrons, and colleagues while hosting an NLM traveling banner exhibition. To learn about the application process for hosting an NLM traveling banner exhibition and for ideas on how your library can engage with NLM health information resources, please visit our website.
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Please join the NNLM in celebrating Medical Librarians Month! To celebrate, we have a contest for YOU.
Who Can Participate?
All NNLM GMR members – if you’re not a member and wish to join, you can do so here. (Membership is free!)
What Do I Have to Do?
For the month of October, we want you to share with us health memes, created by YOU! Here’s how you can create one:
- No copyrighted images will be accepted.
- Twitter images should be a width/height: minimum 600 x 335 pixels to maximum 1200 x 675. The aspect ratio should be 16:9 with a maximum image size of 15mb for Twitter.
- Facebook images should be at a maximum 1200 x 630 pixels.
2. Create your health meme. You can use a free service such as imgflip to create your meme.
Names of players will be entered into a drawing for a prize listed below. Each individual can submit THREE different health-themed memes to get three chances at winning! Start NOW and submit through October 31st!
Looking for Inspiration?
Feel free to use one of these images (full sizes available via the links) to create a health meme if you are unable to find a free image:
How Should I Share My Meme?
- Start sharing now until October 31st via your Twitter or Facebook accounts.
- Make sure that your post is “viewable for the public” so that we can see your submission.
- Be sure to tag @nnlmgmr on Facebook or Twitter and include #NNLMmeme and #GMRmeme in your post.
- We’ll reshare your post so that others can see your creativity!
- Tag your library or organization too in your social media post!
Don’t want to use your own social media account? E-mail your Health Meme to firstname.lastname@example.org directly and we’ll share it on our Social Media account and credit you with your submission.
What Do I Get?
If you are one of the players in the NNLM Greater Midwest Region (IL, IN, IA, KY, MI, MN, ND, OH, SD, and WI), whose name is picked in the drawing, you can select one of the following continuing education and professional development opportunities:
- Take The Inclusive Manager’s Toolkit, a 10-week online course for anyone in a formal or informal leadership or managerial role who wants to have inclusive and practical tools for maximizing workforce performance.
- Select a conference registration or continuing education opportunity (virtual or in-person) of your choice, up to $1,750 for one person.
If you select a continuing education option, registration must be completed by March 31, 2021.
When Will Winners Be Announced?
We will have a drawing in the first week of November. Winners will be notified by e-mail and we’ll share the name of our award winners on social media!
Thank you for all you do to promote health literacy in the GMR region – Keep up the great work!