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CHIS Learning Plan Interim Guidance April 2021

Fri, 2021-04-16 11:29

Many of our classes will pause Friday, April 16 – Monday, May 17, 2021, as NNLM refreshes for a new 5- year cycle. Recordings for select CHIS classes are available on YouTube during the pause. Contact nto@utah.edu for information about obtaining continuing education credit.

What is CHIS?

CHIS stands for Consumer Health Information Specialization, a program by the Medical Library Association (MLA). CHIS is recognition for the accomplishment of acquiring new health information skills through training about providing health information services to consumers. NNLM provides free, online training in support of CHIS.

Why Get a CHIS?

Library workers know the value of accurate information. Enhance and expand your skills with evidence-based knowledge and resources that will make you a confident, expert provider of health information to your community. CHIS shows employers, colleagues, and the public that you are committed to offering quality consumer health information services, and to staying current with consumer health information resources, technologies, and services.

How to Earn CHIS credits Level 1

12 hours of approved continuing education, must cover CHIS core competencies 1-5

  1. Know the Community
  2. Know the Health Consumer
  3. Knowledge of Subject Matter and Existing Resources
  4. Health Information Evaluation
  5. Communication and Instruction
Level 2

12 additional hours of continuing education, cannot be classes you took to earn Level 1, must cover competencies 6-8

6. Literacy and Health Literacy

7. Technology and Health

8. Ethical and Legal Issues

To Earn CHIS Level One or Two

Take any combination of the classes below to cover the competencies required. See this grid for which competencies these classes cover and to track your credits. Take the remaining number of CE hours you need either from the courses in any list below.

Classes with CHIS Competencies

Watching any of the following recordings for CE:

Take Any Of These On-Demand Classes

Contact nto@utah.edu to claim your CE credits and follow the instructions provided. 


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BLOSSOM Symposium Recordings and Wrap Up

Wed, 2021-04-14 09:31

BLOSSOM: Building Life-long Opportunities for Strength, Self-Care, Outlook, Morale, and Mindfulness, a free virtual symposium, sponsored by NNLM, for library staff focused on their health and wellness took place over three days, March 24, 25, and 26. The virtual symposium brought together experts on morale, invisible services, vocational awe, burnout, and self-care in libraries. The symposium provided library staff at all levels, including management, with key takeaways to improve library staff health and wellness.

Over 6,000 people registered for the event, and almost 3,000 attended live. Those attending the event live could receive eight continuing education credits from the Medical Library Association (MLA).

Recordings on the original symposium site have been viewed hundreds of times. Now the recordings are available, without registration, on the NNLM YouTube channel. Each recording provides CE from MLA. If you would like to CE, please email the National Training Office at nto@utah.edu.


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NIH CEAL Content Toolkit

Tue, 2021-04-13 08:13

The NIH Community Engagement Alliance (CEAL) Against COVID-19 Disparities focuses on addressing misinformation around COVID-19, engaging trusted partners and messengers in the delivery of accurate information, and educating communities on the importance of inclusion in clinical research and its discoveries to overcome COVID-19.

This toolkit includes infographics, videos, toolkits, social media and key digital links that you can share with your communities. These resources are also available on the CEAL website at covid19community.nih.gov

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Important information about your NNLM.gov Profile – Take action by April 30th!

Wed, 2021-04-07 11:30

Due to upcoming system upgrades on nnlm.gov, your current transcript of NNLM classes will not be available after Friday, April 30th, 2021.

Your NNLM Class Transcript lists all NNLM classes you have registered for since December 2016. If you want to keep a copy of the classes you’ve taken over the past 5 years, follow these steps to download a copy:

  1. Log into your nnlm.gov account (bottom right of page)
  2. Scroll down to ‘My Profile’ (bottom right of page)
  3. Click “’View Profile’
  4. Print or save the webpage, or copy and paste it into an editing software of your choice.

Again, you will no longer be able to access your NNLM class history after Friday, April 30th. Please take action before April 30th if you wish to keep a personal copy.

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Coming Soon: New Regional Medical Libraries Designations 2021-2026

Fri, 2021-03-19 09:39

Last June, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) published the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for the 2021-2026 Regional Medical Libraries (RMLs), the central component of the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM).  Health sciences libraries submitted proposal applications in September.  An official announcement from the NLM regarding the new RMLs is forthcoming. The start date for the new Cooperative Agreement is May 1, 2021.

The RMLs carry out regional and national programs in support of the mission to provide U.S. researchers, health professionals, public health workforce, educators, and the public with equal access to biomedical and health information resources and data.  The emphasis of the RML program is to bring quality health, public health, and biomedical information resources within reach of the public and all health and public health professionals.

Among other objectives, each RML is expected to:

  • Develop approaches to promote awareness of, improve access to, and enable use of NLM’s resources and data,
  • Develop and support a diverse workforce to access information resources and data, and support data-driven research,
  • Provide community-driven innovative approaches and interventions for biomedical and health information access and use.

 For the 2021-2026 cooperative agreement period, seven Regional areas are defined:

Region 1: Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia. 

Region 2: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Region 3: Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Region 4: Arizona, Idaho, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming.

Region 5: Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and U.S. Territories and Freely Associated States in the Pacific.

Region 6: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

Region 7: Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

NNLM Offices and Centers serve the NNLM program and are defined as:

The NNLM Web Services Office will develop and maintain reliable Web services for NNLM public and internal needs.

The NNLM Training Office will plan, create, share, deliver, coordinate, and evaluate an instructional program and educational materials based on key NLM products and services for a variety of audiences. NTO will assess and ensure a standard of high-quality for NNLM instructors and instructional content.

The NNLM Public Health Coordination Office will enhance the public’s health by expanding NNLM’s engagement with the diverse public health workforce through access to licensed literature,  coordinating training on NLM resources, and facilitating partnerships with public health institutions.

The NLM Evaluation Center will collaborate with RML, Office, and Center (ROC) staff to develop strategies and standardized approaches for evaluating outreach and education services

For more information, please refer to the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) Organizational Handbook, https://nnlm.gov/national/guides/network-national-library-medicine-nnlm-organizational-handbook.

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Help NNLM Improve its Funding Process!

Thu, 2021-03-18 04:16
The Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM), Greater Midwest Region is requesting feedback regarding our funding process. Whether you have applied for funding through NNLM or not, your feedback will be valuable in helping us continuously improve our funding program. Please consider taking 10 minutes to fill out the following questionnaire:  https://uiowa.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cXRc7nUbo98wqbk The questionnaire will remain open until March 31, 2021. We appreciate your time!The post Help NNLM Improve its Funding Process! first appeared on Midwest Matters.
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Responding to the COVID-19 Infodemic: An NNLM Virtual Symposium April 8-9

Wed, 2021-03-10 14:20
Responding to the COVID-19 Infodemic: An NNLM Virtual Symposium

Symposium website: https://nnlm.vfairs.com/en/

We are excited to announce that registration is open for a new NNLM virtual symposium focused on addressing the COVID-19 Infodemic in our communities.

What is the Symposium about?

The COVID-19 pandemic highlights the disparities of underserved, minority and underrepresented communities. This includes ensuring equal understanding of accurate health information, education in hard hit communities and valuing inclusion in clinical research to overcome COVID-19.

The NNLM Virtual Symposium is an opportunity to address misinformation and mistrust, raise awareness about the pandemic and efforts to combat it. Symposium attendees can expect to come away from this experience with a better understanding of COVID-19 as well as strategies and programs that can be used to engage with communities. We are excited to feature the following keynote speakers:

  • Vinay Gupta, MD, MPA, Affiliate Assistant Professor, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, Seattle, WA
  • Gregg Orton, National Director, The National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA), Washington, DC
  • Elizabeth Wilhelm, Health Communications Specialist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Global Immunization Division, Atlanta, GA
  • Chris Pernell, MD, MPH, FACPM, Chief Strategic Integration and Health Equity Officer, University Hospital, New York, NY

There will also be paper sessions, panels, and a networking space; more information will be announced in the upcoming weeks.

Who is the Symposium for?

NNLM invites anyone who is interested in learning more about information-related issues during COVID-19, which includes, but is not limited to: health professionals, librarians, researchers, community-based organization staff, and students.

When is the Symposium?

April 8-9, 2021

9a-2p PT/ 12p-5p ET

How can I attend the Symposium?

Free registration is now open on our symposium website: https://nnlm.vfairs.com/en/registration

Questions about the Symposium?

Be sure to check our website soon for more information on the agenda, networking sessions, code of conduct, and a general FAQ. Any other questions can be sent to Tony Nguyen at ttnguyen@hshsl.umaryland.edu.

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Test the Waters Family Exploration Kit

Fri, 2021-03-05 10:02

In partnership with Cornerstones of Science and the NIH All of Us Research Program, the Network of the National Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is offering an exciting new citizen science resource to public libraries. The Test the Waters Family Exploration Kit is a fun, accessible, loanable kit which includes four family friendly activities, and all the instructions and materials needed (audio file guides are available in in Arabic, Chinese, English, Spanish and Vietnamese).

The free kits are available to the first 400 requesting libraries! They come in a lockable plastic tote and can fit on a typical library shelf. Applications for the kits will be open until they are all gone/April 30th, 2021. If you are a member of NNLM you can apply for a kit by clicking here. Otherwise, it is easy and free to sign your organization up.

Test the Waters Flyer

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BLOSSOM! Building Life-long Opportunities for Strength, Self-Care, Outlook, Morale, and Mindfulness, free virtual symposium

Tue, 2021-03-02 12:00
The GMR is proud to offer a free virtual symposium for library staff focused on their health and wellness. BLOSSOM! Building Life-long Opportunities for Strength, Self-Care, Outlook, Morale, and Mindfulness, free virtual symposium BLOSSOM Announcement Details

This free three-day virtual symposium will bring together experts on morale, invisible services, vocational awe, burnout, and self-care in libraries. The symposium will provide library staff at all levels, including management, with key takeaways to improve library staff’s health and wellness. This event is open to all library staff regardless of employment status and to library science students.

March 24, 25, 26, 2021


Abigail Phillips, Amanda Leftwich, Amy Tureen, Callan Bignoli, Eamon Tewell, Eileen Ybarra, Fobazi Ettarh, Janet Damon, Jenn Carson, JJ Pionke, Kaetrena Davis Kendrick, Max Bowman, Nikhat Ghouse, Nisha Mody, Tasha Nins, Twanna Hodge, Wendy Peters, and more!

  • To provide educational and inspirational speakers so that the members may increase their knowledge related to self-care and wellness
  • To provide network members an opportunity to collaborate, share expertise, and recharge their spirit
  • Increase understanding of diversity, equity, inclusion, and disability among NLM members
  • Provide access to research and resources to improve library staff health and wellness
  • Engage with library members
  • Increase awareness of NNLM, NLM, and NLM products

Why Attend?

  • Re-energize your work by sharing/learning with like-minded individuals
  • Learn practical skills to improve self-care starting immediately
  • Burnout mitigation skills and ideas to take back to your library
  • Decrease sense of isolation amongst library staff
  • Participating in this virtual symposium could help with ideas to provide your own virtual events in the future
  • This event is free
  • The event provides 8 CE credits

Visit this website to register for the symposium and select the presentation, panels, and virtual networking events you want to attend.

For questions or comments regarding the event, including technical issues, please email nnlm-blossom@uiowa.edu(link is external).

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NExT Continuing Education Modules Available

Wed, 2021-02-24 10:26


The Nursing Experts: Translating the Evidence project is a collaborative effort between nurses and librarians at several organizations. The goal of this project is to educate acute, ambulatory, school and population health nurses on where to find free and reliable evidentiary resources and how to effectively apply this knowledge to inform and impact practice. Participants complete free online evidence-based education modules and earn 7 free continuing education units for each course.  For full details and to access the modules, visit: https://go.uic.edu/phnext for population health and school nurses and https://go.uic.edu/acnext for acute and ambulatory care nurses.

The GMR is happy to support phase three iteration of Nursing Experts: Translating the Evidence (NExT). Since 2001, the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Library of the Health Sciences and the College of Nursing have been engaged in a series of evidence-based education programs targeted to public health nurses. One of the objectives of this project is to provide Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for acute/ambulatory care as well as public health nurses. By providing evidence-based education programs, the NExT project assists hospitals in their quest to achieve Magnet status. This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Grant Number 1UG4LMO12312346 with the University of Iowa

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Closure of the NNLM DOCLINE Coordination Office (NDCO)

Wed, 2021-02-17 09:45


Dear DOCLINE Users,

Please join me in congratulating Erin Latta as she prepares for the next phase of her career. She has accepted a new position working for ICF, a consulting company, to work as an Information Specialist/Systems Librarian and provide support to the NLM DOCLINE Team. As the NNLM DOCLINE Coordinator, she served as the sole coordinator in the office responding to thousands of user support requests related to utilizing a Google Account sign-in, launch of DOCLINE 6.0, retirement of Loansome Doc, and the transition of EFTS to MLA. While I’m incredibly happy for her new opportunity and continued support with DOCLINE, I believe that she will be sorely missed throughout all of NNLM.

With her new opportunity, the NDCO office will close ahead of schedule due to the upcoming changes to the NNLM in the 2021-2026 cooperative agreement. Customer support from the NDCO will transition to the National Library of Medicine effective immediately.

For DOCLINE support, please submit a NLM Support Center Help Desk Ticket.

We would like to thank you for contacting the NDCO over the past 5 years. It was truly a pleasure supporting your library and responding to your DOCLINE customer service needs.

Best wishes,

Tony Nguyen, MLIS, AHIP
Executive Director
Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM)
Health Sciences and Human Services Library
University of Maryland, Baltimore

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Scholarship Recipients Reflect on the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services Conference

Mon, 2021-02-01 11:48

In October 2020, NNLM financially supported 20 library staff across the country to attend the 15th annual Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services (ABOS) conference. Originally slated for Dallas, TX, the conference was retooled as a virtual event due to Covid-19. Most attendees agreed that there were actually benefits to the online format. NNLM All of Us presented at the conference and continues to work with ABOS on health outreach initiatives. Here, three Greater Midwest Region scholarship recipients outline favorite moments, and what they took away from the ABOS conference.


Diane Bruson HeadshotDiane Brunson, Bookmobile Librarian, Bath County Memorial Library (KY)

The “Out-Doing Outreach” ABOS 2020 annual conference was held virtually this year, and the ABOS board did a fantastic job pulling together an online conference that saw over 1,000 people in attendance. I would personally like to thank the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) for sponsoring the award that allowed me to participate in this year’s conference.

So what did I learn at ABOS? Where do I begin?

I drive the bookmobile in a rural community in Eastern Kentucky. I’ve been interested in learning how to provide health information to my patrons and while we were closed to the public earlier this year, I took the opportunity to earn my Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) Level 1. I attended the NNLM and All of Us presentation and learned about the All of Us research program. I’ve installed the All of Us app on my phone and am hoping to promote this research program within my community. I’ve been exploring NNLM’s website for programming ideas that could be done virtually, via packet pickup from the library, or by bookmobile delivery service to patron’s homes in 2021 as my library does not expect to have in-house programming until 2022 at the earliest.

I attended several sessions that talked about working with elderly patrons, and the concept of Reminiscence kits. One of the neatest reminiscence ideas I came away with was turning pictures into 12 to 14 piece puzzles. What a great way to use items from our genealogy room and perhaps hear stories about our town! I may not be able to have in person programming right now, but I could create puzzle kits to drop off at the senior living facilities. The memories and stories all these activities elicit can build connections between people and help reduce depression while building self-esteem.

Ari Lazarus, from the FTC, did a presentation about fraud avoidance. He talked about all the resources available on the FTC’s website. I never knew the FTC has so much information available to libraries, even programming ideas.

I have lots of notes from the sessions I attended, but one of the greatest sources of information was the community chats. Anyone could post a question and within minutes receive dozens of replies. I serve a growing Amish community and asked for suggestions to expand the bookmobile’s collection of materials that other Amish serving communities find popular. I now have a page of authors, titles, and series I didn’t know about before.

I came away from the 2020 ABOS conference almost overwhelmed from the sheer amount of information I gathered. While we will have to wait and see what 2021 holds, I look forward to connecting with the ABOS family at the 2021 annual conference. See you in St. Louis! Or maybe virtually! However it takes place, I know I want to participate.


Anne Rhodes HeadshotAnne Rhodes, Outreach Librarian, Mansfield/Richland County Public Library (OH)

Initially, I was hoping to attend the 2020 ABOS conference in person in Dallas. I considered how wonderful it would be to be in a place with hundreds of other people who loved and understood the challenges and rewards of the Outreach department. Like many libraries, our Outreach department is very small and very few library staff members even know what we do. It seemed like a dream come true to be surrounded by rooms full of my peers. Then Covid 19 hit and I knew that our library administration wouldn’t approve the travel during such an uncertain time.

When I got the news that the conference would be virtual, I had high hopes, but thought it might be lame. We’ve all sat through those webinars where the technology isn’t great, the speaker kind of drones on and it’s really difficult to engage. Why would I want to endure four days of that? Plus, we all know that some of the best moments come from those “hallway” conversations where we all talk about horror stories, fun programs that are working in our community and the special joy that comes from those personal interactions with the public. We’re Outreach people, by our very definition we love the interactions! What’s a conference without the personal touch?

Somehow, the organizers of “Out-Doing Outreach” managed to bring the personal experience to a virtual venue. Right from the start, presenters reached out to me with individual messages that made me feel part of the conversation and the sponsors were engaging and seemed like they were talking directly to me. It was nice to be able to sit at my desk and travel to the various booths. If I wasn’t interested, it was easy to click away and not feel rude.

It was even easier to engage. It can be intimidating to approach a group of people who all seem to know each other, but with this format you could virtually butt in and it wasn’t awkward. The “communities” were wonderful and it was enlightening and fun to toggle back and forth between topics and see what others were saying. It was also easy to contribute and get your thoughts together in writing rather than trying to speak in front of a group.

The sessions I attended were insightful and engaging. From the ins and outs of bookmobiles, pop up programming and ways to keep track of our community impact, I was furiously taking notes and generating ideas that might work for my library. I learned about software programs that are worth the investment, how to implement a “couch to 5K” and got tips and tricks for attracting more people to our events. There were several times that I literally teared up hearing about the impact that Outreach programs are having around the world.

Another bonus was that I had access to programs that were scheduled during the same time slot. Often it’s very difficult to choose which program to attend at a given time. Sometimes I attend one session and then find out later that another one I had been thinking about was great. There is no FOMO in the virtual format!

It is such a bonus to be able to log in at my leisure and watch other presentations or even rewatch something that I found especially useful. Typically when I leave a conference, I’ve heard so many ideas and concepts that they are all jumbled up in my head. Now I can revisit the presentation and really absorb the content.

Despite the fact that we were “In” Doing Outreach rather than “out,” my conference experience was spectacular. The planning and work involved to make something like this happen was evident and the attention to detail was top notch. I sincerely appreciate the time that the organizers and presenters invested in making this an outstanding event. It couldn’t be easy or fun to be presenting to a screen rather than an audience.

I am truly hoping that the 2021 conference will be an in person event, but if it’s not, I have the utmost confidence that it will be informative, engaging and fun. I’ll miss the personal interactions but won’t miss the long lines for the bathroom.


Marcia Siehr HeadshotMarcia Siehr, Head of Outreach Services, Kenosha Public Library (WI)

2020 was my second chance to attend the ABOS National Conference, and once again, I was surprised and grateful for all the knowledge and contacts this conference allowed me to gain.

I am relatively new in my role as Head of Outreach Services at Kenosha Public Library, and even though I had a long career in social services before becoming a librarian, there are still so many community programs and organizations that I was not aware were available to my patrons.  Connecting with other professionals that strictly focus on Outreach is so valuable.

I’m really pleased to report that this year’s breakout sessions were terrific.  The subject matters and presenters were widely diverse, but I personally learned the most from the NNML breakout session.  Health literacy is a hot topic in the library world, and the NNML is truly an invaluable resource to an Outreach librarian.  I have plans, big plans, for 2021!  I would really like to offer the NNML Health Book Club to our patrons as a way to expand our offerings for health literacy. Additionally, I want to figure out how to launch an All of Us Kenosha County campaign and look at promoting additional citizen science activities for all ages using NNML SciStarter.

My deep gratitude to NNML for the scholarship opportunity offered to ABOS members.  I can honestly say that I did not understand the wealth of information your organization can offer to public librarians and outreach librarians such as myself.  I look forward to keeping up to date with everything NNML has to offer in the future!

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GMR Funds Two New COVID-Focused Outreach Awards

Wed, 2021-01-27 10:57

The GMR is excited to announce that two institutions have been awarded funding to implement quick response COVID-19 health information outreach projects. The projects are funded through the GMR in an effort to enable organizations to develop and offer programs that will impact health literacy and health information needs related to COVID-19. A short description of the two funded projects follow.

University of Minnesota Duluth – Led by Dr. Anna Wirta Kosobuski

This project, titled Kina (“Together”), will serve Native American (Ojibwe) youth in northern Minnesota. Kina will develop and strengthen coping mechanisms and resiliency among Native American youth using activities grounded in known protective factors such as connectedness, positive socialization and belonging, personal wellness, self-efficacy, respect and cultural pride. This will be achieved using virtual, culturally tailored youth activities to promote 1) COVID-19 awareness, 2) practice of COVID-19 safety, and 3) COVID-19 and online media literacy. Outcomes of the project include an increase in basic understanding of virus and COVID-19 information and improved savvy regarding trustworthiness of content of internet-based information among child and youth participants. A key component of this award will include the use of MedlinePlus to identify trustworthy COVID-19 information.

Ohio University – Led by Dr. Melissa Thomas

This project, titled “Addressing COVID-19 Concerns in Amish Country”, aims to develop and disseminate a culturally sensitive COVID-19 Fact Sheet for Amish communities and to provide a COVID-19 hotline to Amish community members staffed by a trained community member who can speak the primary language and address questions and misinformation. The proposed outreach program is the first to specifically address the cultural and access needs of COVID-19 health information among Amish communities and can serve as a best practices model that can be replicated across the country. One outcome from this award aims to see a 30 percent increase in fact-based information about COVID-19 and vaccines when compared to the 2020 Amish COVID-19 survey.

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New Guide from the NNLM: Substance Use Disorders

Mon, 2021-01-25 12:49


The Network of National Library of Medicine’s Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Initiative aims raise awareness of National Library of Medicine’s Substance Use Disorders resources and the resources of partner organizations. ​

As part of this initiative, Network of the National Library of Medicine staff launched a new guide to information on Substance Use Disorders. The guide links to free and reliable online resources for general and specific audiences. The “SUD Resources: General” tab is a great place to start learning about SUD with resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), and more. The “Libraries” tab provides educational information about Narcan/ Naloxone, a resource guide for public libraries, and more. The “Educators” tab includes classroom resources and information for all ages. The “Community Based Organizations” tab focuses on response to Opioid use in communities and includes the Opioid Epidemic Practical Toolkit: Helping Faith and Community Leaders” from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The “Public Health” tab provides information for public health professionals, including links to resources for locating guidelines, research, and training, and information about safe disposal of unused medications. “Resources by Age or Population” lists recommended resources specific to families, rural populations, faith-based organizations, teens and young adults, and women. The “SUD Training & Education” tab includes links to recorded webinars and other online trainings, suitable for all audiences.

Check the NNLM’s Class Catalog for additional upcoming and recorded webinars related to Substance Use Disorder.

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A Resilient New Year! NNLM Reading Club

Thu, 2021-01-07 12:27


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.

January Reading Club Titles

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

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