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Explore Digital Health Literacy with the NNLM Reading Club

Mon, 2020-06-01 13:21

Much of our healthcare today runs on digital devices. Think telehealth or telemedicine; electronic health record (EHR) or electronic medical record (EMR); mobile health apps (mHealth); emailing your doctor and more. While this connectivity is helpful, healthcare consumers or patients need to have digital health literacy to effectively partner in their health care. There are still gaps in equitable access, and sometimes the reality of our digital health tools falls a bit short of their initial promise. Join with the NNLM Reading Club as we explore Digital Health Literacy this month to learn more about the bits and bytes driving today’s healthcare system. Discover what we need to know to fully participate in this rapidly evolving approach in how we prevent, diagnose and treat illnesses. To select your title and get your book club conversation started, visit the NNLM Reading Club.

Deep Medicine by Eric Topol l The Digital Doctor by Robert Wachter l The Future of Healthcare by Emmanuel Fombu

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Article – SOPHE Annual Conference Professional Development Award

Thu, 2020-05-28 13:03

Jeni Starr, MEd, MCHES
Health & Wellness Specialist
Kansas City Public Library

SOPHE Conference LogoWhile I was making my packing list and travel preparations to attend the Society of Public Health Educators (SOPHE) Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA in March of 2020, the news came that it would be moved from a physical conference to a virtual one.  Concerns about the safety of travel with the novel coronavirus infection rate made it necessary to change course.

This year’s conference theme of “Linking Science & Social Justice:  Health Education as a Catalyst for Change” could not have been more timely.  We are seeing in real time the impact of Social Determinants of Health on communities when it comes to COVID-19 cases.

I was impressed by how quickly the conference organizers were able to transition the conference to an online platform and provide extended opportunities for learning and engagement over a four-week period.  In the weeks that have followed, many of us in the health information and education field have found new ways of sharing information.

The SOPHE conference was a good example to me of how we can continue to collaborate virtually when meeting in person isn’t an appropriate option.  I’ve been able to use this example as I have moved my own programming to virtual platforms and participated in local coalitions.

The conference included many sessions focusing on social justice including:

In my early years as a health educator the primary focus was on individual behavior change.  Twenty years later we know that, while behavior is part of one’s health status, Social Determinants of Health such as economic stability, availability of resources, access to education, and social norms play a much larger role.

Attending this virtual conference provided me with tools to bring to my work with the Kansas City Public Library.  Now, more than ever, it is important to partner across various sectors to improve the health for all people in our community.  There were many takeaways such as CDC best practices for tobacco control, models for sharing messages during a public health crisis, and strategies for working with local elected officials.

Several weeks into the conference, SOPHE presented a session on the coronavirus with information about the virus and illness as well as its impact on African American and vulnerable populations that I was able to incorporate immediately into my work.

When I first learned the conference would take place virtually, I was disappointed that there wouldn’t be as many networking opportunities.  However, my disappointment was unfounded.  I was able to connect with several of the speakers through email to bring back programming to the library.

For example, I reached out to one presenter, a filmmaker, who was happy to provide a documentary on maternal health for a future film screening at the library.  I also learned more about leadership and publishing opportunities with SOPHE and plan to get more involved with the regional and national organization.

This is a time unlike any I have experienced in my career – or even my lifetime.  Not only do we have challenges from the new coronavirus, we also have challenges with the virus of misinformation.

As health information professionals, it’s critically important to support the public health of our communities and to share reputable information while working to promote social justice.  The opportunity to attend this conference gave me many more tools to do this important work.

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Webinar – Providing Library Senior Services in a COVID-19 World

Thu, 2020-05-28 12:59

How to provide library service to seniors, the most vulnerable population affected during COVID-19, has been the question raised by outreach librarians across the United States.

Learn More & Register – June 17, 2020 – 10am MT/11am CT

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Webinar- Library responses to COVID-19: Impacts on ongoing low-morale experiences

Thu, 2020-05-28 12:56

As the COVID-19 Pandemic develops and libraries create immediate, short-term, and long-term responses, Kendrick has been tracking these responses’ impact on already established low-morale experiences.

Learn More & Register – June 11, 2020 – 10 MT/11 CT

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PubMed Essentials 2020 (on demand)

Thu, 2020-05-28 12:54

Are you looking for a way to kick start your PubMed search skills? PubMed Essentials is made up of 10 very short video-modules (2-3 minutes each) with interactive exercises built into each video-module so you can explore PubMed at your own pace. PubMed Essentials is an on-demand, online class that is available via Moodle 24/7 (upon registration).

Learn More & Register – On Demand

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New PubMed 

Thu, 2020-05-28 12:53

On May 18, the new and improved PubMed replaced the legacy system as the default site. The comprehensive PubMed User Guide is available from the homepage and under the “Help” link on every page in PubMed.

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Call for NNLM RD3 Website Advisory Board

Thu, 2020-05-28 12:51

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) Resources for Data Driven Discovery (RD3) web portal fosters learning and collaboration in data science and data management.

The Research Data Management Workgroup of the NNLM is recruiting Advisory Board members to be part of a committee that reviews and suggests resources for the RD3 web portal. If you are interested in being part of the RD3 Content Advisory Board send your name to Mary Piorun at by July 1st with a brief narrative (less than 300 words) explaining your interest.

Meetings will be monthly until all current resources have been reviewed, and quarterly thereafter.

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Margie Sheppard recognized as a “Textbook Hero” by the University of Kansas

Wed, 2020-05-20 19:00

Congratulations to NNLM MCR Kansas/Technology Liaison, Margie Sheppard for being recognized as a Spring 2020 Textbook Hero by the University of Kansas.

Textbook Heroes are members of the KU community who’ve taken extraordinary initiative to increase access to and affordability of required course materials by implementing and advocating for OER and other low and no cost course materials. We launched this initiative in Spring 2019 to acknowledge and express gratitude for advocacy and innovation in course materials affordability at the University of Kansas.

 As Chair of KU Libraries’ Board of Advocates, Margie has been very supportive of open education work as a way to address student and instructor needs. She believes in this work deeply, such that she, with her partner Mike, made a significant donation to KU Libraries to support that work. We were thrilled to be able to acknowledge her efforts in early March at a KU Libraries event. COVID arrived at KU the following week, which impacted our plans to promote more immediately. Last week, we issued a press release announcing Spring 2020 Heroes, which was featured in Friday’s KU Today. Margie’s profile is available at:

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Welcome David Brown

Tue, 2020-05-19 17:51

photo of David BrownWelcome to David Brown as our new Membership/Diversity & Inclusion and Wyoming Outreach Coordinator.

David Brown holds a doctorate of education with a specialization in health education from Teachers College, Columbia University and he holds a Masters of Library and Information Science from Wayne State University. In addition he holds two Masters of Arts Degrees from Columbia University – one in computers and education and another in health education. He is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES®). He currently serves as the Wyoming/Member Services Coordinator for the MidContinental region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

David has been involved in training public heath professionals for the last 15 years, teaching and supervising research in health education and public health at a number of universities in both the United States and abroad.  He has served on the board of directors for the Society for Public Health Education.  He currently serves on the Divisional Board for the Certification of Health Education Specialists with The National Commission for Health Education Credentialing Inc. He has also served on several editorial boards related to health education and promotion.

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Welcome Kiara Comfort

Tue, 2020-05-19 17:46

Photo of Kiara ComfortPlease welcome Kiara Comfort, our new NNLM MCR’s Education and Nebraska Outreach Coordinator, based out of Creighton.

Kiara graduated with her Master’s in Library and Information Science from University of Missouri. Kiara has not wasted time getting connected to the health sciences library community. She is currently the Freshman Board Member of the ICON Library Consortium in Nebraska as well as a member of MLA and MCMLA. Kiara has six years working in the public library sector and maintains a Public Library Certification with the Nebraska Library Commission. While working at the Omaha Public Library, she built strong relationships with the community through a variety of engaging outreach programs. Kiara is a former member of the Health Occupation Student Association (HOSA), which we are egger to tap into so we can further introduce health information as a career path option with this group. For those of you who know Christian Minter at the McGoogan Library of Medicine, she was Kiara’s practicum site advisor on a variety of interesting projects. These included assisting the development of the library’s consumer health information collection, conducted research on staffing models used by the McGoogan Library to explore transitioning their library to 24/7 access, and expanded her expertise as a PubMed user. Kiara also spend a significant amount of time as a healthcare worker during her nine years as a dental assistant.

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Tools Available to Support May Health Observances

Fri, 2020-05-08 15:04

Libraries can access free tools to support national health observances in May that will shine a light on the importance of mental health, senior health and fitness, and air quality awareness.

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 webinar recordings. You can access these resources at or by clicking on the links below.

 Mental Health Month


National Senior Health & Fitness Day


Air Quality Awareness Week 


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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May NIH News in Health newsletter now online

Wed, 2020-05-06 16:17

COVID-19 is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation, and we at NIH are doing everything we can toward the development of diagnostics, therapeutics, and vaccines. You can find the latest public health information from CDC at and the latest research information from NIH at Meanwhile, we have posted the May 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.

Caring for Concussions
More Than a Bump on the Head

Recognizing the causes and symptoms of a concussion can help you reduce your risk of getting one and know what to do if you have one.

The Risks of Vaping
A Look at Safety

Vaping-related lung injuries have been on the rise lately. Here’s what you need to know about the risks.


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Call for NNLM RD3 Website Advisory Board Members

Wed, 2020-05-06 16:14

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) Resources for Data Driven Discovery (RD3) web portal fosters learning and collaboration in data science and data management.

The Research Data Management Workgroup of the NNLM is recruiting Advisory Board members to be part of a committee that reviews and suggests resources for the RD3 web portal. If you are interested in being part of the RD3 Content Advisory Board send your name to Mary Piorun at by July 1st with a brief narrative (less than 300 words) explaining your interest.

Meetings will be monthly until all current resources have been reviewed, and quarterly thereafter.

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Coming up soon! MCR monthly webinar on Data Literacy Education

Tue, 2020-05-05 18:10
What: Data Literacy: What It Is, Why It’s Important, and How to Bring It into The Classroom

Shannon Sheridan, Data Management Librarian at the University of Wyoming

May 20, 2020 at  1PM – 2PM (Pacific)| 2PM – 3 PM (Mountain) | 3PM – 4PM (Central) | 4PM – 5PM (Eastern)

Data touches all of our lives, yet it is a vital skills that is often left out of formal education. So how can we make sure students are prepared to deal with the data they inevitably will encounter in their work and lives? This presentation aims to answer that question. The presentation will provide an overview of what data literacy is and explain why it is an important component of students education. We also will discuss how instructors can bring data literacy, in both small and large ways, in to their classroom, and provide some concrete examples.

For more information and to register for this webinar go to the Webinar Session Webpage.

Contact for additional information.

Hope to see you online!

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Resource guide to CDC resources related to COVID-19 in Spanish

Wed, 2020-04-29 20:01

Nora Franco, Consumer Health Librarian from the NNLM Pacific Southwest Region has created a COVID-19 CDC resource guide in Spanish.  The guide can be found here:

The resources are listed in Spanish first, followed by English.  Please feel free to share the link to this guide and add it to your list of other COVID-19 related resources.

The description of the guide is as follows:

Esta guía de recursos está destinada a proporcionar recursos informativos de los CDC relacionados con COVID-19 en español.

This resource guide is intended to provide informational resources from the CDC related to COVID-19 in Spanish.

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Free Resources for Public Libraries: 

Wed, 2020-04-29 19:53

The Public Library Association (PLA), National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) and the All of Us Research Program (All of Us) have partnered together to create free resources for library staff to support their community’s digital literacy needs. Resources include a curriculum guide for library staff to teach digital literacy by using health topics and a series of online modules designed to teach basic Internet skills. Available in English and Spanish, the modules are designed to help new internet users navigate the online world. Visit the digital health literacy page to access these resources and opportunities and more!

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Webinar: Building Resilient Communities Online and In-Person

Wed, 2020-04-22 18:18

From childhood trauma to dementia, and from social-emotional challenges to mental wellness knowledge, libraries and their partners can train staff and community to build resiliency. The invisible bonds that bind our communities together are more evident than ever. In this time of crisis, take an hour to pause, breathe, listen, participate and reflect along with the staff at the Gail Borden Public Library District in Elgin, Illinois, an IMLS National Medal recipient. Examine your library partnerships and community assets and learn how to empower your staff, your patrons and your community, online and in-person, with tried and true tools that you can use to build a more resilient community.

May 1, 2020, 11:00 – 12:30 CT/12:00-1:30 MT

Register here

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NIH COVID-19 Updates: Treatment Guidelines Now Available and Upcoming Webinar on April 24

Wed, 2020-04-22 18:15

Two developments on the COVID-19 front:

  1. A panel of U.S. physicians, statisticians, and other experts has developed treatment guidelines for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), available at Check out the full NIH press release,
  2. NLM is hosting a free webinar for researchers to learn how to share, discover, and cite COVID-19 data and code in generalist repositories on Friday, April 24, 11:00am-12:45pm PDT. The session will be broadcast and archived via NIH Videocasting,
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The New England Science Bootcamp for Librarians

Wed, 2020-04-22 18:13

The New England Science Bootcamp for Librarians will host a FREE virtual conference on June 11, 2020, from 9am – 4pm (US Eastern Time).

Topics will probably include, depending on speaker availability:
• Vaccine research & manufacture
• Virology
• Making Health Devices in non-industrial settings
• IRB and human subjects research in the shifting landscape

Tentative Schedule
• 9-10am Session A
• 10:15-10:45 Interstitial – Front Lines Stories
• 11-12 Session B
• 12-1 Lunch
• 1-2 Session C
• 2:15-2:45 Interstitial – Front Lines Stories
• 3-4 Session D

The schedule of topics will be finalized and sent to all registrants soon.

This conference will run throughout the day, with access via a single link for the whole day that attendees will receive after registering. You may tune in as you have time or for the topics that interest you the most. More information and a detailed schedule will be available closer to the date of the event. Please register to get the most updated information sent to you.

Registration is available at

They look forward to seeing you online for a fun and informative conference! While they had to cancel the in-person conference this year, they hope you will take advantage of this free professional development opportunity. While this conference is being organized in New England, we welcome attendance for anyone and anywhere.

In addition, please save the date for June 2 – 4, 2021 for the annual in-person New England Science Bootcamp for Librarians conference that will be hosted by the University of Connecticut at Storrs, CT.

The New England Science Boot Camp Planning Committee

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Join NNLM for the Spring #citeNLM2020 Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on Preventative Health and Wellness

Fri, 2020-04-17 18:59

You’re invited to join the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) as we add citations to existing Wikipedia articles on Preventative Health and Wellness using the trusted National Library of Medicine resources. The virtual event is taking place April 30, 2020.  Visit for more information on how to participate.

By holding #citeNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thons, we can:

  • Make it easier to get credible, evidence-based health information online
  • Disseminate NLM sources and increase their reach
  • Leverage network members’ expertise, experiences, and audiences
  • Engage NNLM members nationwide
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