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October – NIH News in Health

Tue, 2020-10-13 16:31

October 2020 issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. Download a PDF version for printing.

Illustration of scientists talkingDiscoveries in Basic Science

A Perfectly Imperfect Process

Science is a slow process. A study usually only looks at one piece of a much larger puzzle. That can make it seem like science is always changing

Tired or Wired?

Caffeine and Your Brain

Caffeine can make you feel awake and alert. But what else might this chemical be doing to your brain?

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Fall Citizen Science Webinars from SciStarter, NNLM and the All of US Research Program

Tue, 2020-10-13 16:26

Fall Events

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), a program of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), and the All of Us Research Program have expanded their partnership with SciStarter for a series of events this Fall! Sign up for All of Us by visiting joinallofus.org/nlm.

This time, we’re trying a new event format! The first hour of each event is open to all & the last half hour is geared toward event facilitators, library staff & community leaders. Each event is an hour and a half long. The presentation on November 18 on creating your own air quality sensor will also be presented in Spanish by our friend at CanAur.io.

Live closed captioning and American Sign Language (ASL) will be available for each event.

These webinars are a great opportunity to discover the wonders of citizen science! Want to learn more about other SciStarter/NLM projects? Go to https://scistarter.org/nlm.

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MCR Webinar: Keep the Momentum Going: Citizen Science Programming Throughout the Year

Tue, 2020-10-13 16:13

Class Date:

Region/Office: National
Oct 20, 2020
2:00PM – 3:00PM MST

Register Here

Citizen science is public engagement in real research. Anyone can do citizen science by collecting data, conducting scientific analysis, and more for projects spanning different scientific disciplines, from health to astronomy to the environment.  SciStarter, a globally acclaimed, online citizen science hub where more than 3,000 projects, events, and tools — searchable by location, topic, age level, and more — is a great place for libraries of all types to go to find citizen science projects that are perfect for their communities.  But once up and running, how does a library keep interest high and participants engaged?

This webinar will focus on sustaining engagement and keeping the momentum going after introducing citizen science to a library and CBO, including follow-up program ideas and best practices for ongoing volunteer engagement in citizen science. No experience required to attend this webinar; we’ll give a brief introduction at the beginning to citizen science and past work with libraries and CBOs — before jumping into ideas for keeping the momentum going!

 Presenter: Caroline Nickerson, Program Manager at SciStarter.  Caroline is a Program Manager at SciStarter, where she manages the Citizen Science Month Program, SciStarter’s Corporate Volunteer Programs, and other programmatic and outreach efforts, including working with SciStarter’s Syndicated Blog Network, which encompasses the Science Connected, Discover Magazine, and SciStarter platforms. She is a Master of Public Policy graduate from American University with a focus on environmental and climate change policy. 

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October is Health Literacy Month – Help us improve access to health information on Wikipedia

Fri, 2020-10-09 17:45

We invite you to celebrate Health Literacy Month with us by improving access to health information on Wikipedia, one of the world’s most popular resources for crowdsourced health information. Whether it’s double-checking sources or adding new content, there are lots of ways you can help make health information on Wikipedia better for all users. Here are a few ways to join in:

  1. Join our #citeNLM Edit-a-thon Fall Campaign!Help us improve Maternal and Child Health content on Wikipedia throughout October. Follow the steps on our Edit-a-thon homepage to sign up and get started. We even include training materials, so folks of all Wiki editing skills can participate. This is a great way to sharpen your information literacy skills and even find good examples to share with your users.
  2. Want to edit with some colleagues? Join our live editing eventon October 29th, 10a-12p PDT and learn on the spot how to edit with Wikipedians of all levels.
  3. Not so sure about health information on Wikipedia to begin with? Sign up for our free webinar, “Evaluating Health and Medical Information on Wikipedia,” presented on October 14that 11a PDT. Learn from Dr. Monika S. Jones, digital culture studies expert, about how health information works on Wikipedia and strategies for evaluating its many health-related articles.

Is your organization celebrating Health Literacy Month in other ways? Interested in facilitating an Edit-a-thon at your own institution? We want to hear from you! Tag us on  Twitter, or email me at msheppard@kumc.edu share what you’ve been doing.

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2020 Library Marketing Professional Development Award Deadline is tomorrow, September 30, 2020!

Tue, 2020-09-29 14:14

We still have some spots available for the Library Marketing Professional Development Award. Check out the website for more information at https://nnlm.gov/mcr/funding.

The Library Marketing Professional Development Award supports librarians or library staff of MCR member institutions to attend the Library Marketing & Communications Conference which will be held online November 4-6, 2020. In addition to attending the conference, the award recipients will also receive individual coaching and mentoring for the duration of the award period in the area of library engagement.

We will close the funding award on September 30th so please apply soon so that we can quickly review applications.

This funding opportunity is available to all MCR member institutions located in Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Utah, and Wyoming.

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NNLM HIV/AIDS Coordination Center (NACC) Funding Opportunity!

Mon, 2020-09-28 19:34

The NNLM HIV/AIDS Coordination Center (NACC) is pleased to announce the availability of funding for short-term outreach projects that focus on bringing HIV/AIDS health information resources to consumers. Awarded projects will start on November 9, 2020 and run through April 30, 2021. The maximum funding per award is $16,593.50. The application due date is October 30, 2020.

Community-based organizations (CBOs), community health centers, public libraries, and other organizations working with people living with HIV are encouraged to apply. Projects must include some aspect of broaden access to and awareness of HIV/AIDS health information resources throughout the United States. This can be achieved through educational programming, training programs, and the use of technology.

Organization applying for this award must be NNLM members. Membership is free. Please refer to the RFP for detailed information about NNLM membership, the online application process, and information required for the project proposal and budget. (https://nnlm.gov/nacc/funding). Applications must be submitted through the NNLM online application system.

Please feel free to contact Penny Glassman at penny.glassman@umassmed.edu if you have questions about the award, your application, the submission process, or the deadline. We are happy to review any drafts or answer questions related to your project or application.

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Take a survey about the NLM Catalog

Mon, 2020-09-28 19:31

As announced earlier this year in the NLM Technical Bulletin “New Library Services Platform to Support Library Operations” NLM is migrating from Voyager to Alma, and from LocatorPlus to PrimoVE. This migration aligns with the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Strategic Plan 2017-2027 to modernize infrastructure, consolidate systems, and streamline workflows. NLM is also investigating the use of the NLM Catalog, which shares many features with LocatorPlus.

If you are a regular user of the NLM Catalog and are familiar with many of its features, we invite you to participate in a short survey to help us determine the important features that are used frequently in the NLM Catalog. This survey should only take about 5 minutes to complete.

The survey will close after 200 responses have been received.

https://nlmenterprise.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0GO7IlCWvZ8EM3r

Please contact Jennifer Diffin, Head, Library Technology Services Section, (jennifer.diffin@nih.gov) with questions.

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NNLM Extends Denver Award Deadline

Thu, 2020-09-24 12:54

NNLM has extended the application deadline to obtain funding for health-related programming by a library or community organization in the Denver area.

Applications for the Denver Area Local Ambassador Program Support Subaward will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis until funds run out or until Dec. 31, whichever comes first. The purpose of the award of up to $2,500 is to fund programming or activities by a library, health organization or community-based organization in conjunction with All of Us Local Ambassador Program activity planned for the Denver area.

Programming and activities under the award can cover a broad range of health-related possibilities and should provide an opportunity for the All of Us Research Program to inform participants about the program and its efforts to help speed up medical research.

For more information on the award, visit the MidContinental Region funding page or contact George Strawley at george.strawley@utah.edu. More information on All of Us is available at joinallofus.org/nlm.

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Webinar Recording Available

Tue, 2020-09-22 19:13

MCR Webinar – PubMed at the Public Library presented on September 15, 2020

Recording is now available: https://youtu.be/FUKM8KS2Q_k

More information about the webinar is available here: https://nnlm.gov/class/pubmed-public-library-mcr-webinar/27090

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Announcing Library Carpentry Workshops with NNLM

Tue, 2020-09-22 18:47

The NNLM Training Office is pleased to announce a new opportunity for information professionals to build data skills through online Library Carpentry workshops, at no cost to participants.

Library Carpentry focuses on building software and data skills within library and information-related communities. Their goal is to empower people in these roles to use software and data in their own work and to become advocates for and train others in efficient, effective and reproducible data and software practices.

The target audience is learners who have little to no prior computational experience. The instructors put a priority on creating a friendly environment to empower participants and enable data-driven discovery. Those with some experience will also benefit, as the goal is to teach not only how to do analyses, but how to manage the process to make it as automated and reproducible as possible. To see some great examples of how you might use and apply these new skills, check out LibraryCarpentry.org. 

In addition to participating in Library Carpentry workshops, NNLM members will also have the opportunity to receive training to become instructors for Library Carpentry.

To learn more about these opportunities, we invite you to attend an informational session hosted by members of the Library Carpentry community, and The Carpentries Executive Director, Dr. Kari L. Jordan. Join us Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 11AM Pacific / 2 PM EasternRegister here for the session. Session recording will be distributed to all registrants.

Information on applications and workshop dates will be available soon. Contact nto@utah.edu for more information.

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2020 Library Marketing Professional Development Award Still Available

Thu, 2020-09-17 13:40
New Deadline of September 30, 2020

We still have some spots available for the Library Marketing Professional Development Award. Check out the website for more information at https://nnlm.gov/mcr/funding.

The Library Marketing Professional Development Award supports librarians or library staff of MCR member institutions to attend the Library Marketing & Communications Conference which will be held online November 4-6, 2020. In addition to attending the conference, the award recipients will also receive individual coaching and mentoring for the duration of the award period in the area of library engagement.

We will close the funding award on September 30 so please apply soon so that we can quickly review applications.

This funding opportunity is available to all MCR member institutions located in Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Utah, and Wyoming.

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Webinar Highlights Black Maternal Health

Fri, 2020-09-11 17:12

Join us on September 22 for the NNLM Reading Club Presents… We Live For the We: The Political Power of Black Motherhood. Authors Dani McClain and Andrea Collier will discuss McClain’s book, one of three Reading Club selections on black maternal health, and take questions from participants.

In We Live for the We, McClain examines the questions she has about raising her child, questions that take on political significance as she considers what it means to introduce her daughter to an unjust, even hostile society. She examines how to build a strong, supportive community for her daughter that includes frequently ignored values and perspectives, and how to ensure her daughter lives with dignity and joy.

The discussion at 1 p.m. MT will be live-streamed on the NNLM Pacific Northwest Region Facebook page and on YouTube. We encourage you to register for the event, but registration is not required in order to attend.  The session will also be recorded.

Class Date:

Region/Office: National, PNR

September 22, 2020

1 p.m.- 2 p.m. MT

 

Access to Session:

For more information and how to register, please visit nnlm.gov.

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NIH News in Health – September Issue

Tue, 2020-09-08 17:43

 September 2020 issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. Download a PDF version for printing.

Battling Bent Blood Cells

Progress in Sickle Cell Disease

Learn about sickle-cell disease and the cutting-edge treatments being tested for it.

Plus, check out our online extra: Q&A: Dr. Allison King on Sickle Cell Disease and Learning.

A Biting Problem

Taming TMJ Troubles

Find simple ways to tackle jaw pain and dysfunction.

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MCR Webinar: PubMed at the Public Library

Tue, 2020-09-01 20:33

Note the change: The series will be scheduled on the third Tuesday each month at 2pm MT/3pm CT

The new version of PubMed.gov makes accessing this research easier than ever for the general population, with automatic term mapping, best match searching, and better webpage layouts and features. PubMed is already a popular tool in life sciences libraries, because students will always have access to it while they have an internet connection.

This session if geared primary towards public librarians who might have questions about using PubMed and helping their patrons use the website as well. In this session we will:

  1. Describe the areas of research covered in PubMed
  2.  Describe the content and the history of the MEDLINE database
  3. Create a My NCBI account that customizes the PubMed experience
  4. Create a search alert

About the Presenter:
Jacob White is a librarian in the Research and Learning Department of A.R. Dykes Library at KU Medical Center. Prior to becoming a life sciences librarian Jacob worked in public libraries and non-profits around the Kansas City area. Outside the library, Jacob enjoys spending time at the lake and playing board games.

Class Date:

Region/Office: National
Tuesday, Sep 15, 2020
2:00 MT/3:00 CT

For more information or to register click here: MCR Webinar

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Library Tools Available to Support September Health Observances

Tue, 2020-09-01 16:36

Libraries can access free tools to support national health observances in September that will bring attention to the importance of healthy aging and health insurance enrollment.

The available resources are used to help libraries celebrate and bring awareness to the observances in their communities.

These free tools include electronic bulletin slides, social media materials, printer-friendly handouts, and more. You can access these resources at nnlm.gov or by clicking on the links below.

 Health Insurance Enrollment Month

Healthy Aging Month

The materials are part of NNLM’s campaign to supply libraries with materials and programming ideas based on the national health observances. The selection of available materials will be updated monthly as new health observances approach. If you would like to be informed on upcoming health observances, go to https://nnlm.gov/all-of-us/national-health-observances#toc-3 or sign up for our CEN newsletter for monthly updates.

 

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MCR/Utah State Library Book Club Partnership Webinar Recording Available

Mon, 2020-08-24 16:39

The recording for our August MCR webinar is now available.

Recording Link: https://youtu.be/52OGHGI99p4

Heidi Fendrick, Data Coordinator at the Utah State Library, and Samantha Nunn, MCR All of Us Project Coordinator, recap the recent partnership with the MidContinental Region and the Utah State Library, incorporating the NNLM Reading Club Book Kits in the Utah State Library’s Book Buzz Program.

The purpose of the partnership was to provide opportunities for members of the public to learn about and discuss important health-related topics through book discussion groups facilitated by local public libraries, organizations, schools, and community centers across Utah.

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Funding Awards Cover Denver Programming, Planning Projects

Wed, 2020-08-19 12:36

Libraries, community-based organizations and others in the MidContinental Region have an opportunity to apply for two new NNLM funding awards designed to address specific needs.

The awards funded through the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network will cover planning projects to address health literacy needs in communities and support library programming in the Denver area.

The Health Literacy Planning Subaward for up to $4,500 will help libraries and community partners work together to develop plans for improving health literacy and access to health information.

The Denver Area All of Us Local Ambassador Program Support Award for up to $2,500 will fund programming by a library, health organization or community based organization. The programming should include a component to support the All of Us Local Ambassador Program in Greater Denver. This can include an opportunity for an All of Us ambassador to speak to program participants or distribution of information about the All of Us program.

The awards are available to applicants in the MidContinental Region of NNLM, which consists of Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri. Projects should start no earlier than Nov. 2, 2020, and be completely finished by April 15, 2021. Applications are due by Sept. 18.

For more information and instructions on how to apply, please visit the Funding Opportunities page or contact George Strawley at george.strawley@utah.edu. You may also contact NNLM MidContinental Region staff at rml4@rml4.utah.edu.

For information on the All of Us Research Program, visit joinallofus.org/nlm.

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Wednesday – Webinar NNLM MCR /Utah State Library Book Club Partnership

Tue, 2020-08-18 18:40

Join us this Wednesday for this month’s MCR Webinar

Join Heidi Fendrick, Data Coordinator at the Utah State Library, as she recaps the recent partnership with the MidContinental Region on incorporating the NNLM Reading Club Book Kits in the Utah State Library’s Book Buzz Program.

The purpose of the partnership was to provide opportunities for members of the public to learn about and discuss important health-related topics through book discussion groups facilitated by local public libraries, organizations, schools, and community centers across Utah.

Register today at nnlm.gov to learn more about Fendrick’s experience and the Book Buzz program.

Webinar date

Aug 19, 2020

2:00PM – 3:00PM MT

If you have any questions about registering, please contact Suzanne Sawyer for more information.

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Webinar Recording Available

Tue, 2020-08-11 19:32

Using the Community Tool Box to Support Health Education and Health Promotion Efforts

Recording: https://youtu.be/-RJoegthuuI

The Community Tool Box (https://ctb.ku.edu/) is a web site that serves as a significant source of information, training and tools for community health improvement worldwide. Our approach to community health improvement is to build the capacity of community members to identify their health issues, the root causes, and to adapt approaches that work to their context. This webinar will provide an overview of the contents of the web site and our approach, with relevant examples from communities in the USA and elsewhere. We will discuss examples of how we worked with librarians in the past, and opportunities to collaborate in the future to address the variety of community health crises facing us today.

Presenter:
http://communityhealth.ku.edu/vincent-thomas-francisco-phd
Dr. Vincent Francisco is Kansas Health Foundation Professor of Community Leadership in the KU Department of Applied Behavioral Science, and Director of the Center for Community Health and Development, a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre at the University of Kansas. In his work, he uses behavioral science methods to help understand and improve conditions that affect population health and health equity. He publishes widely in the areas of health promotion, capacity building, and community-based research and intervention. Dr. Francisco is a co-developer of the Community Tool Box, a widely-used Internet-based resource for promoting community health and development.

He brings expertise and experience to implementing community–based research, especially for prevention of HIV and chronic disease. He has years of experience mentoring undergraduate and graduate researchers and practitioners with community-based organizations throughout the United States and abroad. He has years of experience in partnering with community based organizations for applied health promotion research that includes access to care, risk reduction for HIV and sexual risk reduction, as well as capacity building for empowerment of marginalized groups. He has been a consultant with numerous federal and state agencies on community-based and community-engaged approaches to prevention and treatment of behavioral disorders, and is recognized internationally as a resource among foundations and governmental agencies.

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RFI Strategic Opportunities and Challenges for the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health

Mon, 2020-08-10 19:18

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) invites you to help guide the continuing implementation of our strategic plan through 2027 by responding to our Request for Information, and encouraging others to respond as well.

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is one of the 27 Institutes and Centers of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and leads, conducts, and supports research and research training in biomedical information science, informatics, and data science.  NLM is also the world’s largest biomedical library, advancing open science and scholarship by making biomedical information more findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable and helping create a more diverse and data-skilled workforce. Our work enables researchers, clinicians, and the public to translate a vast wealth of biomedical information into better health.

In the years since NLM’s current strategic plan was released, there have been dozens of initiatives, projects, and other NLM activities in pursuit of its goals. To assure that implementation of the Plan remains current, NLM seeks comment on major opportunities or challenges relevant to the NLM mission that have arisen or become significantly more important in the last five years through responses to a recently issued Request for Information.

We hope you will take the time to share your perspectives of recent opportunities and challenges as they relate to the role of NLM.

The RFI can be found at this link (https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-LM-20-015.html). Responses must be received by October 19, 2020.

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