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Welcome Nora Barnett, New GMR Outreach Coordinator!

Fri, 2020-06-26 15:00

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On behalf of the GMR, I’m happy to introduce Nora Barnett, MSLIS, AHIP as our new Outreach Coordinator! Nora is joining the GMR remotely from Portland, OR where she will work for the full performance period (don’t forget her Pacific Time Zone!). In Portland, Nora has most recently served as the head librarian at the Birthingway College of Midwifery, where she taught courses on Information Literacy and NLM resources, including LactMed, ToxNet, and PubMed.

In addition to her MSLIS from Florida State University, Nora has completed coursework in public health from Boston University’s School for Public Health. Nora will focus most of her efforts working to engage the public health workforce. Nora can be reached at: Please join me in welcoming her to NNLM!

Derek Johnson, MLIS
Interim Associate Director
Network of the National Library of Medicine
Greater Midwest Region (GMR)
Hardin Library for the Health Sciences
University of Iowa

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Lyme Disease: A Community-Based Citizen Education Project

Tue, 2020-06-23 12:54

We at the GMR office are pleased to announce that the University of Minnesota-Duluth has been granted a Health Information Outreach award to support their research into Lyme disease:

Description – This project is a concerted effort to tackle the emerging epidemic of Lyme disease in the upper Midwest. Dr. Ben Clarke and his team at the University of Minnesota-Duluth will be promoting awareness of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases through educational outreach activities, a citizen-science program, and an undergraduate research experience. The primary component of this research project comes in the form of distributed tick-kits. These kits contain: information cards on tick/Lyme disease identification, a tick removal ‘key’, collection tubes, and mailing envelopes. Volunteer residents and visitors of Minnesota’s northeast Arrowhead region will utilize these kits to capture ticks, record attendant information, and mail them back to the research team for analysis.

Objectives – This project aims to empower the community to help with research to 1) Raise public awareness to Ixodes (ticks). 2) Educate Arrowhead Region residents about Lyme disease and tick-borne diseases.  3) Educate the public about countermeasures to tick-borne disease exposure. 4) Engage public in health-related citizen science. 5) Provide biomedical research opportunities for college students. 6) Create Lyme disease risk maps of the Arrowhead Region of Minnesota.

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African American Health and Anti-Racist Resources

Tue, 2020-06-16 10:14


This posting has been adapted from the original blog post written by Nisha Mody, MLIS, MA, CCC-SLP, at NNLM PSR.

In light of the historical injustices and recent events that have taken place across the country, including police brutality and ensuing protests, the staff at NNLM GMR stand with the African American community. In this article, you will find resources related to African American mental health, anti-racist reading materials, cultural competency and humility, NLM African American and race history, racism in science, and PubMed Central articles about police brutality and African American health.

Please note that APHA’s upcoming Advancing Racial Equity Webinar Series began on June 9, 2020.

We support the statements from the African American Medical Library Alliance and the Black Caucus of the American Library Association.


Statement from the African American Medical Library Alliance

We are hurting, frustrated and our emotions are raw.

The cumulative toll of microaggressions, institutional racism, police brutality, and state-sanctioned violence coupled with the emotional labor of navigating a predominantly white profession is exhausting. We are tired of not being seen, heard, included, or appreciated for the value that our unique voices, experiences and perspectives bring to the narrative.

We appreciate the sentiments of our fellow caucuses and colleagues throughout the Medical Library Association. Collectively, we share community with other marginalized members who live in dread that the color of their skin, race and ethnicity, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, political beliefs, language, culture, nationality, age, ability status, and religion make them targets of violence and possibly death.

We are committed to using our collective voices in bringing about change in the profession and the Association.

“We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the vitriolic words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.” — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Kelsa Bartley, Chair
Michael S. Fitts, Chair-Elect
Shenita Peterson, Immediate Past Chair
Tara Douglas-Williams, AHIP, National Program Committee, Co-Chair 2021
Shannon Jones, AHIP, Caucus Mentor
Beverly Murphy, AHIP, FMLA, MLA Past President
Tamara Nelson, AHIP, MLA Information Services Domain Hub Chair
Aidy Weeks, AHIP, Virtual Engagement Committee


Statement Condemning Increased Violence and Racism Towards Black Americans and People of Color from the Black Caucus of The American Library Association

[NEW YORK, NY, May 28, 2020]–The Black Caucus of The American Library Association has a history of not only opposing racist acts against Black people, but condemning such acts. BCALA roundly condemns the death of George Floyd at the hands of police officers within the Minneapolis Police Department.

Since George Floyd is the latest in a long line of recent and historical violence against Black people in the United States, the BCALA takes this moment to encourage BCALA members to take proactive and preventative measures in the fight against racism. To take action against injustice, BCALA encourages its members to use both the methods employed by our predecessors and those unique to the 21st century:

  • Calling politicians in the Minnesota area.
  • Participating in active, but peaceful protests on the streets.
  • Using vlogs, blogs and other social media platforms.
  • Initiating letter writing campaigns.
  • Creating podcasts.
  • Voting (both locally and nationwide).
  • Attending policy making meetings in your area to make your opinions known.
  • Running for office to be a voice for historically disenfranchised groups and librarians.

BCALA stands firm in its condemnation of the systematic social injustices of Black people and People of Color. It is necessary for the membership to be proactive not only when someone in our community is harmed, but preventative in anticipating historically sanctioned violence by participating in local efforts to counter racism and violence against Black men and women. The systemic machinery of racism does not sleep and neither should we in our efforts to counter it.

Respectfully submitted,

The Officers and Members of The Black Caucus of the American Library Association.

BCALA Officers:
Richard E. Ashby, Jr., President (F.O.R. Sto-Rox Public Library, McKees Rock, Pennsylvania.
Shauntee Burns-Simpson, Vice President (The New York Public Library, New York, New York).
Brenda Johnson Perkins, Executive Secretary (Baltimore County Public Library, Towson, Maryland).
Brandy McNeil, Treasurer (The New York Public Library, New York, New York).
Denyvetta Davis (Immediate Past President – Retired).

EDI Ad Hoc Committee:
Conrad Pegeus, Chair (University of Tennessee at Martin).


African American Mental Health Resources
  1. Mental Health America: Black & African American Communities And Mental Health
  2. HHS Office of Minority Health: Mental and Behavioral Health – African Americans
  3. HHS Office of Minority Health: Minority Mental Health Awareness Month – July
Anti-Racist Reading Lists from our Members (books available electronically)
  1. Chicago Public Library: Black Lives Matter: Antiracist eBook Reads
  2. Des Moines Public Library: Racial Justice and Antiracism: A Book List
  3. Evanston Public Library: Antiracist Resources and Reads: Lists for All Ages
  4. Hennepin County Public Library: Race, Power and Activism in America: Resources for Children & Teens
Cultural Competency and Humility
  1. NNLM Webinar: Cultural Competency for the Information Professional
  2. NNLM Webinar: Cultural Competencies and the Strategic Prevention Framework
  3. NNLM Webinar: Integrating Cultural Humility into Practice
  4. NNLM Self-Paced Course: Serving Diverse Communities
  5. HHS: Think Cultural Health – Improving Cultural Competency for Behavioral Health Professionals
NLM Resources on African American and Race History
  1. Leonidas H. Berry and the Fight to Desegregate Medicine
  2. For All the People: A Century of Citizen Action in Health Care Reform
  3. Circulating Now from NLM – African American History
Scientific Resources on Racism
  1. COVID-19 and Health Inequities
  2. NLM Special Lecture: Gender, Race, and Power in Science
  3. APHA’s Advancing Racial Equity Webinar Series
  4. Medical Education: Race and Racism in Healthcare
PubMed Central Articles
  1. Alang S, McAlpine D, McCreedy E, Hardeman R. Police Brutality and Black Health: Setting the Agenda for Public Health Scholars. Am J Public Health. 2017;107(5):662‐665. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2017.303691
  2. Bowleg L, Maria Del Río-González A, Mbaba M, Boone CA, Holt SL. Negative Police Encounters and Police Avoidance as Pathways to Depressive Symptoms Among US Black Men, 2015-2016. Am J Public Health. 2020;110(S1):S160‐S166. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2019.305460
  3. Edwards F, Lee H, Esposito M. Risk of being killed by police use of force in the United States by age, race-ethnicity, and sexProc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2019;116(34):16793‐16798. doi:10.1073/pnas.1821204116
  4. Hall JM, Fields B. “It’s Killing Us!” Narratives of Black Adults About Microaggression Experiences and Related Health Stress. Glob Qual Nurs Res. 2015;2:2333393615591569. Published 2015 Jul 9. doi:10.1177/2333393615591569
  5. Schneider JA, Lancki N, Schumm P. At the intersection of criminal justice involvement and sexual orientation: Dynamic networks and health among a population-based sample of young Black men who have sex with men. Soc Networks. 2017;51:73‐87. doi:10.1016/j.socnet.2017.04.001


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A Library-based Data Retrieval and Management Training Program for Clinical Researchers

Wed, 2020-06-03 09:52


The GMR office is happy to announce funding for the Galter Health Sciences Library at Northwestern University via our Health Information Outreach award:

Description:  This project endeavors to create an end-to-end training program that introduces clinical researchers to clinical database architecture and clinical coding standards, teaches them how to translate their research questions into queries that will allow them to extract data properly, and how to do so in a way that supports transparency and reproducibility while still respecting guidelines for proper data sharing.

They will promote improved communication and collaboration between data analysts and clinical researchers to make them better partners in research projects. To promote reusability of research reports and database queries within Northwestern’s research community, they will provide workflows for preservation through our next-generation research data management (RDM) system to make these resources discoverable.

They hope to bolster support for our local research community to use clinical research data from the Northwestern Medicine Enterprise Data Warehouses and also parlay this experience to develop a blueprint of best practice workflows for clinical research data education and training that could be applied in libraries at other institutions.

Objectives: 1) Create an end-to-end Clinical Data Retrieval and Management Program for researchers that teaches them how clinical data is collected, stored, and retrieved, how to identify their research population of interest, how to create practical data retrieval workflows for their clinical research projects, and best practices for ensuring that the research reports for these projects are reproducible and reusable. 2) Promote improved communication and collaboration between data analysts and clinical researchers to make them better partners in research projects. 3) Enhance reusability of clinical reports and database queries by creating workflows and training for preserving them in our next-generation research data management system and making them discoverable to Northwestern’s research community. 4) Build a template for clinical research data education and training for other institutions based on the results of this project.

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Minwanjige, Mino Bimaadizi (Eat Well, Live Well) Project

Thu, 2020-05-28 10:51

The GMR office is thrilled to announce funding for the Minwanjige, Mino Bimaadizi (Eat Well, Live Well) project created by the University of Minnesota Medical School – Duluth via our Health Information Outreach award.

Objectives:  The primary goals of this project are to 1) introduce children to the impact of food on physical, emotional and social wellbeing, 2) improve nutrition literacy, and 3) act as a friendly format to share information with caregivers in the lives of children.

Description:  The above objectives are accomplished through creation of two culturally-responsive, age-appropriate activity books, one for the developmental range of 3rd-4th grade, the other for 5th-6th grade. The books incorporate MedlinePlus, MedlinePlus for Kids, and MedlinePlus for Teens information as well as other National Library of Medicine resources. Minwanjige, Mino Bimaadizi books are crafted with Native American children in mind but also designed to be widely appreciated and raise cultural awareness across many audiences.

Native American communities and cultures are sources of strength that can aid in healing and improving the livelihood of Native Americans. By respectfully incorporating Ojibwe (a large tribe in the northern U.S.) culture and language, Minwanjige, Mino Bimaadizi heightens awareness of food-associated factors that contribute to physical and emotional health. Native Americans live with some of the nation’s most significant health disparities. While the causes are immensely complex, it is widely recognized that food insecurity, associated food behaviors, and malnutrition are major influences.

By providing access to trustworthy up to date information, Minwanjige, Mino Bimaadizi empowers Native Americans to take better control of their health and make more informed food-associated decisions early in life while supporting caregivers in facilitating healthful eating.

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Virtual Citizen Science Month Events and Support

Fri, 2020-04-03 10:26

NNLM is pleased to share the recording of the webinar, “Host or Facilitate Remote, Live-Streamed Citizen Science Events in a Pinch,” presented by our partners at SciStarter and Science Friday. You can find the recording, slides, and other resources for your online CitSciMonth event in this blog post. After viewing we are asking you to please complete this survey, so we can evaluate the webinar.

In addition, SciStarter is offering their services, Zoom account, and promotional support (all at no cost) to anyone who needs help creating or modifying a virtual Citizen Science Month event in April.

Here’s one idea to consider: Host an online Storytime or Book Club Reading using the new book, The Field Guide to Citizen Science (available online and in print). This new book is written by the experts at SciStarter, and we can arrange to have one of the authors or editors participate in your online event for an author Meet-and-Greet. Together, we can select one of the 50 citizen science projects featured in the book and do a real-time demonstration with the viewers to engage them in a project! If this is of interest to you, please email Caroline Nickerson You are also invited to join us for one of our weekly Citizen Science Month event planning calls this Thursday! Details on attending weekly Citizen Science Month planning calls are available.

Upcoming webinars: We’re offering a free webinar this Friday to help you learn more about digital accessibility in resources like PowerPoint. Register for the upcoming webinar and learn how to make electronic content shared accessible.

And…stay tuned to Science Friday on your local public radio station this Friday. Citizen Science Month and The Field Guide to Citizen Science are scheduled to be featured on air!

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A Message from GMR Interim Associate Director, Derek Johnson

Tue, 2020-03-17 15:44

To our GMR Community Members,

As we all adjust to the changes that the coronavirus pandemic is bringing to our work and personal lives, I want to update you on some of the changes that will take place in our office.

GMR staff will be working from home. As a result, NNLM Reading and Membership kits, along with orders for other informational materials will not be filled. In addition, you may find that our response times are slightly delayed or that one of our human or fur children appear audibly or visibly on our calls or meetings.

We will continue to work with our partners across the National Network of Libraries of Medicine to offer a range of scheduled webinars, online courses and self-paced courses. In addition, our archive of recorded trainings are always available on YouTube.

We encourage you to follow and share the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to keep yourself and others informed and healthy!

Thank you,

Derek Johnson, MLIS
Interim Associate Director
National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Greater Midwest Region

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