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Graphic Public Health: Comics for Health Literacy, Health Promotion, and Advocacy

Tue, 2019-07-09 19:23

Wednesday, August 7, 2-3pm ET

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The medium of comics is uniquely suited for conveying health information in engaging, economical, and culturally sensitive ways. Comic narratives also offer a means for public health practitioners to share their dilemmas and a multiplicity of perspectives on complex health issues and policies. Comics can disclose the political, emotional, and ethical dimensions of public health practice. And importantly, graphic public health can also give voice to the people in our communities who are impacted by the policy and programmatic decisions made by public health officials. Meredith Li-Vollmer from Public Health – Seattle & King County will share examples of how she has applied comics to health literacy, health promotion and advocacy for public health. She will also discuss aspects of the creative process of developing graphic public health.

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Position Opening: Kansas Technology and Innovation Coordinator

Tue, 2019-07-09 19:12

Position Opening: Kansas Technology and Innovation Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region (NNLM MCR) funds a coordinator for the state of Kansas to provide outreach and training to medical librarians, healthcare professionals and the public. Additionally, this position serves as regional coordinator of the Technology and Innovation project area.

The Kansas Technology and Innovation Coordinator is located at the A.R. Dykes Library of the Health Sciences on the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC) campus in Kansas City, Kansas. It is one of a team of six site coordinators throughout the MidContinental region. Each MCR coordinator fulfills program duties under the direction of the NNLM MCR Associate Director. The position involves travel throughout Kansas that will include site visits, exhibits and teaching. Travel to the MCR offices at the University of Utah Health Sciences Eccles Library in Salt Lake City, Utah and to national conference sites occurs occasionally throughout each year.

The Kansas Coordinator has primary responsibility for designing and evaluating outreach and education programs aimed at health information providers throughout the state of Kansas, with a special focus on librarians, health care providers, public health professionals, K-12 educators, and community based organizations. As coordinator of technology and innovation for the NNLM MCR, this position is also responsible for promoting and supporting the use of technology and innovative practices throughout the region.

The Kansas City metropolitan area, 2.3 million people, offers the diversity and excitement of a large city with the charm and convenience of Midwest living.

For a complete position description and application procedures, visit our job site at

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Copyright, Fair Use and Creative Commons: Allies in Educational Settings

Tue, 2019-07-09 19:01
A MidContinental Region Webinar

August 21, 2019
2-3PM MT, 3-4PM CT

Is copyright automatic? When is Fair Use, well, fair? Does a Creative Commons license grant unlimited use of the work?

Determining whether you have the rights to use an article, image, video, or table can take some of the fun out of developing a presentation, class, or course. In this session, you will be introduced to a practical framework for understanding what can be copyrighted and what can’t be with some typical scenarios librarians and educators encounter. You will also learn about where and in what context Fair Use applies, the different types of Creative Commons licenses, and how those licenses can help minimize copyright risk.

PRESENTER: Ben Harnke is and Education and Reference Librarian at the University of Colorado Strauss Health Sciences Library. He teaches a well-attended copyright class and is leading the Open Educational Resource initiative on the Anschutz Medical Campus.


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4th of July

Tue, 2019-07-02 16:46

The NNLM MCR offices will be closed on Thursday July 4th. Have a great holiday!



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July NIH News in Health

Tue, 2019-07-02 16:42

Check out the July 2019 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.

Beyond Games

Using Virtual Reality to Improve Health

Virtual reality is being tested for easing pain, fear, and movement disorders.



Hypnosis for Health

Can Trances Work?

Medical hypnosis may change your brain—and your mind.

Health Capsules

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Sewell Stipend 2019: travel grants for librarians working in public health

Mon, 2019-07-01 15:36

The Sewell Travel Award for Public Health (STAPH) Committee invites applications for 2019 Sewell Stipends to attend the APHA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA, November 2-6, 2019. The theme this year is “Creating the Healthiest Nation: For science. For equity. For action. For health.” Visit the APHA Annual Meeting Website for more information about the conference.

We anticipate funding approximately 8 non-local librarians (at least $1,235) and 2 local librarians (at least $730). The award will reimburse you for the cost of APHA membership and early-bird conference registration. Non-local librarians receive additional funds to help offset the cost associated with travel. 

For information about this award and full application details, please see:

Applications are welcome from all librarians who work with public health practitioners, students, staff, and faculty. Early-career librarians and librarians who are not members of the MLA Public Health/Health Administration section are welcome to apply.

The application deadline is Tuesday, July 16, at 11:00 PM CST.

If you have any questions, please contact Kate Nyhan ( 

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Register! Copyright, Fair Use and Creative Commons: Allies in Educational Settings

Fri, 2019-06-28 15:47

Copyright, Fair Use and Creative Commons: Allies in Educational Settings
A MidContinental Region Webinar

August 21, 2019
2-3PM MT, 3-4PM CT

Is copyright automatic? When is Fair Use, well, fair? Does a Creative Commons license grant unlimited use of the work?

Determining whether you have the rights to use an article, image, video, or table can take some of the fun out of developing a presentation, class, or course. In this session, you will be introduced to a practical framework for understanding what can be copyrighted and what can’t be with some typical scenarios librarians and educators encounter. You will also learn about where and in what context Fair Use applies, the different types of Creative Commons licenses, and how those licenses can help minimize copyright risk.

PRESENTER: Ben Harnke is and Education and Reference Librarian at the University of Colorado Strauss Health Sciences Library. He teaches a well-attended copyright class and is leading the Open Educational Resource initiative on the Anschutz Medical Campus.

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New PubMed

Fri, 2019-06-28 15:43

The new PubMed is under active development on the PubMed Labs platform, Users are encouraged to try PubMed Labs for the newest features and improved mobile experience. The appearance and layout will change as features are added, tested, and refined; however, you can get a good idea of how the new PubMed will look and function by trying out PubMed Labs. Feedback is welcome and may be submitted using the feedback button available on each page of PubMed Labs.

NLM anticipates announcing the new PubMed in September 2019 and beginning next year, users will be directed to the new PubMed by default. NLM will continue to run the old system in parallel for a period of time after the new site is launched. If the launch date is extended, NLM will also extend the time that the legacy system is available so that users will have access to both systems for several months.

Watch the NLM Technical Bulletin for future updates and announcements,!

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Upcoming WebJunction Webinar: Why Wikipedia Matters for Health and Medical Information

Wed, 2019-06-26 15:24

Date: Wednesday, August 14, 2019

 Time: 3PM ET | 2PM CT | 1PM MT | 12PM PT

Presenters: Betha Gutsche, WebJunction Program Manager, OCLC; and Liz Waltman, Outreach, Education, and Communications Coordinator, Southeastern/Atlantic Region, National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

Description: Wikipedia is a go-to resource for health and medical information, not just for the general public but for health care providers as well. Over 50% of physicians, and 94% of medical students use Wikipedia to find medical information on the internet. It may be popular but library staff want to know how reliable it is and how to assess quality on behalf of their patrons.

The National Network of Librarians of Medicine (NNLM) supports strengthening the ability of public libraries nationwide to find reliable and authoritative medical and health information online for information seekers. Hear how Liz Waltman from the NNLM connects with WikiProject Medicine, an organization of volunteers dedicated to developing, maintaining, and promoting accurate medical information on Wikipedia. Learn about the upcoming online training program Wikipedia + Libraries: Health and Medical Information that will empower you to confidently guide your patrons to reliable resources on the internet. The free four-week course will be offered in the fall of 2019.

Registration: Registration is free and can be accessed through the WebJunction class instance 

Contact: For additional information, please contact Liz Waltman.

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Register for the July MCR Monthly Webinar, Data Management Education Needs: Identifying Signposts for Graduate Student Researchers

Thu, 2019-06-20 12:54

Register for the NNLM MCR’s free monthly webinar on Wednesday, July 17 at 2 -3 pm MT!

Presenter: Dr. Judy Pasek, STEM Liaison Librarian with the University of Wyoming Libraries, will present on research conducted at the Universities of Wyoming and Northern Colorado about the data management needs of graduate students.

Register for this webinar

About the Session: Effectively managing research data is a skill set that graduate students need to acquire along their pathway to becoming competent researchers. Librarians can help guide learning by establishing instructional signposts for relevant data management concepts, including data sharing practices. To be effective, librarian guides need to be familiar with the knowledge and skill gaps of the novice researchers. Surveys were conducted at two medium-sized universities to assess perceived importance and knowledge of 12 research data management competencies, with a goal of informing education planning. Graduate students provided insight into sources of learning about research data management. Study results set the foundation for identifying approaches to research data management education

When: Jul 17, 2019   from 1 – 2PM (Pacific)  | 2 – 3PM (Mountain) | 3 – 4PM (Central) | 4-5 PM (Eastern)

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It’s not too late! Register for the New Approaches to Health and Wellness Library Programming Webinar

Tue, 2019-06-18 18:35

There’s still time to sign up for the NNLM MCR’s free monthly webinar on Wednesday, June 19th at 3 pm CT. Please join our Missouri colleagues as they present “New Approaches to Health and Wellness Library Programming: A MidContinental Regional Webinar.”

About the session: Many communities are embarking on health and wellness initiatives directed at controlling healthcare costs and preventing substance abuse. There is a role for libraries as the arbitrators of information to provide tools and education on health and wellness topics. Health information literacy is a facet of information literacy that is often not addressed through traditional library services. The presenters will introduce the audience to the trauma-based approach and resilience and explain how they utilized these approaches to inform their libraries’ programming. This presentation will provide ideas and resources that can be scaled for use at both large and small libraries of all types.

PRESENTERS: Stacy Hisle-Chaudri, Library Director, Ray County Public Library and Mackenzie Ahlberg Elliot, Teen Community Programming Specialist, Mid-Continent Public Library

Class Date: Jun 19, 2019
2 MT /3 CT


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The NNLM Library Program Kit on Men’s Health is Now Available

Mon, 2019-06-03 11:07

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is offering a free and ready-to-use program kit for libraries in observance of Men’s Health Month. The program kit includes helpful guides, activities, promotional materials, and men’s health information resources your library can use to bring awareness on the importance of men’s health in your community.

You can access these kits and resources at or by clicking on the links below.


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 or sign up for our CEN newsletter for monthly updates.

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Caring for LGBTQ+ Youth Webinar-Understanding the Health Care Needs of Youths in the LGBTQ+ Community

Mon, 2019-06-03 11:04

During Pride Month, you can learn how you can provide for the health information needs of youths in the LGBTQ+ community by participating in the webinar Caring for LGBTQ + Youth featured in the Kernel of Knowledge session.

Katherine L Imborek, M.D., will discuss the importance of providing for the specific health care needs of youth in the LGBTQ+ community and best practices in connecting with LGBTQ+ members.

The webinar will be held on June 7, from 1 p.m.-2 p.m. CT. If you would like to attend, please register at If you’re interested in learning more ways you can promote health information resources for the LGBTQ+ community, go to

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Intersections of Informatics and Librarianship: Tisha Mentnech Reports from the AMIA Informatics Summit

Thu, 2019-05-30 09:38

I was Tisha fortunate to be a part of the inaugural cohort RDM 101 Research Data Management for Biomedical and Health Science Librarians in Spring 2018 . That experience continued my learning about RDM practices in librarianship. One aspect that particularly stuck with me are the multitude of roles for librarians to be involved with data. The announcement for the funding came at an opportune time. I had recently been accepted to teach a workshop on reproducibility at the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) Informatics Summit in San Francisco in March. Initially, I was only going to attend the workshop because of the cost of the full conference but the call for funding provided me with the ability to attend and focus on their data science track.

I wanted to attend the data science track of AMIA Informatics Summit because I was also going to be a student in the RDM 102: Beyond Research Data Management for Biomedical and Health Sciences Librarians cohort focusing on data science practices for librarians. I knew this introduction would be a chance to see the intersections of librarianship and informatics as it relates to data science.  The workshop I taught, “Innovative Tools for Research Reproducibility and Data Sharing” was a kickstart to my learning at the conference. Questions that I was getting during the workshop about some of the information included things about ontologies, metadata, and repositories, much of which was a part of the RDM 101 course. Seeing the informaticists looking for discipline specific information on these needs began to lay the groundwork of connections between the 2 fields and demonstrated the similarities that informaticists and librarians.

The sessions that stood out to me were ones on open data and data science. One session that I took the most away from was: “Patients, Populations and Data Science.” The different talks within the session that were stand outs for my connection of information professionals were: “On the Role of Question Summarization and Information Source Restriction in Consumer Health Question Answering”,  “Extracting Biomedical Terms from Postpartum Depression Online Health Communities”, and “Modeling Depression Symptoms from Social Network Data through Multiple Instance Learning.” Each of these sections highlighted something about using open data or known data mining and data ethics. For me, one aspect of data librarianship that is most important is data literacy and ethics. Many people that were a part of the corpus of the data collected for these were not made aware that the data would be used in these ways, which brings up the question of using public data and how informed are the users creating the data. I think that as someone who teaches data literacy, this opened my eyes to things that need to be reinforced in the communities we support. This also brought up more ethical data questions that I have for research overall. I will not go into too much detail but this session opened my eyes and piqued my interest more in why having a data librarian involved in the IRB process is an avenue that I personally want to explore.

Overall, I was expecting to learn more about the intersections of informatics and librarianship. The Summit gave me more an overview of how the two disciplines could benefit each other. There are similarities in the theory of both library science and informatics. Data librarians could definitely benefit from partnering with the informatics departments if they are interested in taking their skills more technical. A symbiotic benefit for informaticists and librarians is with ontology, metadata, thesauri, and/or index development. One thing that I noticed and that was mentioned in the opening keynote from Greg Simon, President, Biden Cancer Initiative, is that there are so many home grown solutions to problems that are capitalized on and not enough creation with our peers.  This really hit home to me and is something that I am still thinking about today.

I am truly grateful for the experience that the NTO funding provided me. Learning about the ways in which librarians can support data outside of a traditional library role is something that I think needs to be discussed in more library and information programs and throughout library careers. There is not a one size fits all for librarians and the settings they work and exploring the intersections of librarians and informaticists helped remind me of that.

Tisha Mentnech (Tee-sha Mint-Nitch) she | they Research Librarian for Life Sciences and Research Impact Research Engagement North Carolina State University Libraries

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Save the dates: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Nine Conversations that Matter to Health Sciences Librarians with Jessica Pettitt

Wed, 2019-05-29 18:46

An AAHSL/MLA/NNLM webinar collaboration

Are you confused about all the topics under the umbrella of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion?

Are you overwhelmed by all things swirling around in our world today?

Are you ready to have less frustrating conversations?

Conversations that Matter includes both internal and external dialogues about our similarities and our differences. Each webinar will showcase examples across various subordinated and marginalized inter-sectional identities as well as give us all time to reflect, organize, and do our own work in claiming responsibility for our privileges and full lived experiences

Save the DATES!

June 19 : Diversity & Social Justice: A Starting Place: Register here!

If you don’t have a NLM/NNLM account, don’t worry, just create one, it’s free!

Unlike other online diversity trainings, this course introduces the concepts that you can utilize in your own life immediately. Regardless of each your identities and lived experiences, the concept of how we coexist, interact, and impact one another is imperative to build better teams, better connections, and deeper relationships.

Spend an hour, reflecting on how you fit into the conversation of diversity. Coming to terms with our own unique positive and negative bias as well as how that intersects with our responsibility of perception and sense of entitlement to validation is the foundation of social justice work. Our experiences, choices, and impact, both intentional and unintentional, matter. This is the starting place.

See attachment for more information about future webinars in our series

August 21 : Unconscious Bias: Perceptions of Self & Others

October 16 : Being a Better Ally to All

November 13 : Working Across Difference: Making Better Connections

January 22, 2020 : That’s Not Funny! Or is it?

March 18, 2020 : Knowing what you don’t know: Medical Micro-aggressions

May 13, 2020 : I am … Safe Zones: Sticks and Stones LGBTQA 101

July 15, 2020 : I am … Safe Zone: Gender This!

August 12, 2020 : I am … Safe Zone: Messages I Learned

Save the TIME: 12 pm EST, 11 am CST. 10 am MST, 9 am PST

All Webinars will be broadcast at the above time. Each webinar is 60 minutes.

Registration Fee? Absolutely NOT! but register early as each webinar is limited to 1,000 participants.

All expenses for the webinar series are being underwritten by the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL), Medical Library Association (MLA), and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM).

The NNLM PNR is hosting the series via WebEx and providing close captioning.

MLA is providing CE accreditation.

Recordings of each webinar will be available on the NNLM Training site and on

Please visit the NNLM training site for a list of current and previously hosted classes:

CE? Of Course!

One hour of MLA CE credit is available for each webinar! There is NO fee for CE credit.

If you are not able to participate, do not worry. A video of each webinar will be available on the NNLM Training site and MLANET and available for your viewing. MLA CE credit also will be available up to 1 year from the live webinar.


Jessica Pettitt, M.Ed., CSP,
pulls together her stand up comedy years with 15+ years of diversity trainings in a wide range of organizations to serve groups to move from abstract fears to actionable habits that lead teams to want to work together. With a sense of belonging and understanding, colleagues take more risks with their ideation, conserve precious resources through collaboration, and maintain real connections with clients over time.

It is through Jessica’s work in Student Affairs, as a college administrator, in South Carolina, Oregon, New York, and Arizona, that she realized her love for the conversations across difference. As a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer in Bulgaria, Social Justice Training Institute Alumna, and a Certified Speaking Professional, Jessica has taken the typical diversity talks to the next level of social justice conversations examining privilege, oppression, entitlement, and our collective responsibility to make change while connecting difficult topics with employee retention, crisis management, and increasing innovation and profits.

Jessica blends politics, humor, identity, and local flair with big city passion and energy through direct, individualized, and interactive conversations. Her workshops, seminars, and keynotes don’t just leave participants invigorated but inspired and motivated to follow through with action to create change. Having traveled and lived in a variety of communities and environments all over the world, while also engaging with education as student, teacher, administrator, and active community member, Jessica uses her take on life to lead participants through a safe but confrontational process of examination, self reflection, and open dialog that is as challenging as it is rewarding.

With her attention now turning to larger associations and corporate leadership, Jessica is pulling from the past 15 years of direct experience to lead teams to try instead of avoiding a stretch. It is in this trying that clients uncover a deeper sense of belonging, resourceful collaboration opportunities, and reignite their creativity and innovative ideation. Learning, feeling, and being Good Enough Now allows for teams to do the best they can with what they have and persist long into the future no matter the crisis, topic, or challenge.

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Act now to secure money for your public, academic or K-12 library

Wed, 2019-05-29 18:42

Our deadline is fast approaching for funding health information programming, professional development and other projects for libraries in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming and Utah through the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

Sixteen different classes of awards are available. You can apply for reimbursements for putting on a health-related exercise or information program, attending a library marketing conference, or partnering with your local school district to promote National Library of Medicine resources, just to name a few opportunities. Funds are available to working librarians, students and library administrations.

The application deadline is this Friday, May 31. But if you send us an email expressing interest in applying, we can give you until June 9 to complete the full application.

Learn more about the available opportunities on our awards page. Or contact the NNLM coordinator for your state for a 1-on-1 conversation about your idea. Time is running out on a great opportunity.


John Bramble
Utah, Wyoming, Kansas

Dana Abbey

Chris Pryor

Robyn Woods

George Strawley
All of Us Community Engagement Network
All states

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RDM Working Group Webinar Series_ Using Data for Decision-Making: An Environmental Scan Case Study

Fri, 2019-05-24 15:31

This introductory-level webinar session will walk you through the process of planning and conducting an environmental scan while demonstrating a data tool and strategies for using data for decision-making. This webinar will provide a jump-start opportunity to explore the concept of data and introduce an easy-to-use data analysis tool (Voyant Tools).

When: June 7, 2019 at  11AM -12PM (Pacific)| 12 – 1PM (Mountain) | 1-2PM (Central) | 2-3 PM (Eastern)
For more information and to register for this webinar go to the webinar session webpage

The case study findings will be presented and show how this approach can be applied to other entry level data projects so that participants will walk away with the confidence to jump in and start exploring their own data. This is a live session but it will be recorded.

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Panels as Windows: Graphic Medicine and Empathy, a Tool to Understanding Patients, Caregivers, and Healthcare Professionals

Tue, 2019-05-21 18:15

Title: Panels as Windows: Graphic Medicine and Empathy, a Tool to Understanding Patients, Caregivers, and Healthcare Professionals
Guest Speaker: Iliana Molina, Director of EyeMobile for Children, UC San Diego and UC Irvine
Date: Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Time: 10am CT / 9am MT

 Description: Graphic medicine is comics about health. This communication medium has received an increase in attention over the last decade. A major reason for this is due to findings that it is well suited to increase empathy in healthcare students, healthcare professionals and caregivers. This webinar will deepen the discussion on graphic medicine and medical humanities by diving into implications of emotional understanding and recognition of humanity in health. Participants of this webinar will examine the use of comics to communicate various perspectives in the healthcare process.

 Speaker Bio: Alice Jaggers, MSLS, is the Outreach Coordinator for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Library. She has been studying graphic medicine for about four years. She created a graphic medicine collection at her library starting in March 2017 and has been developing programming for the library and for the institution since then. You can find information about Alice in her blog, Alice has also created a preliminary database of graphic medicine titles available at

For more information: No registration is required for this class.

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MedlinePlus Videos

Tue, 2019-05-21 18:14

The MedlinePlus team launched a new resource, MedlinePlus Videos for hosted NLM video content. Five animated videos in English and four in Spanish, created by Jeff Day, explain topics in health and medicine, and answer frequently asked questions about diseases, health conditions, and wellness issues. Videos use JWPlayer and are accessible, and accompanied by outline and transcript.  Link to the videos here: MedlinePlus Videos (Videos de MedlinePlus)

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