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This Wednesday – New Time: Breezing Along with the RML 2pm MT/3pm CT

Mon, 2018-06-18 18:29

Breezing Along with the RML: Updates on VR project and All of US Initiative
Wednesday, June 20 – 2pm MT/3pm CT

Please note the New Time – 2pm MT/3pm CT

Join us for updates on two projects:

Brandon Patterson and Donna Baluchi from Eccles Health Sciences Library will share their Virtual Reality (VR) Studio:

As campus demand and interest in VR education expand, library personnel interviewed VR champions and potential users of a future library space dedicated to VR play and development. Funds for VR equipment were secured through the Technology Improvement Award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine MidContinental Region (NNLM MCR). The new VR Studio was added to the library educational technology studio space. The VR Studio was promoted through open houses, educational programs, hands-on workshops, events, and on-demand learning modules.

George Strawley, All of Us Community Engagement Engagement Coordinator will present – The All of Us Research Program: Working to Understand Health Better with Help from Libraries

Libraries have always seen the provision of reliable health information as an important part of their duties, but the proliferation of both good and bad health information on the web has eroded that role in many patrons’ minds. This session discusses a National Network of Libraries of Medicine program aimed at delivering health information to populations underrepresented in biomedical research such as racial and ethnic minorities, low-income people, the LGBTQ+ community, rural populations, and others. It explains the project’s tie-in to a larger National Institutes of Health effort to recruit a million or more volunteers to provide their genetic and health information for the sake of broadening the benefits of medical research to a more diverse segment of society. It touches on how libraries can tap into the emerging trend of “precision medicine,” which uses advances in genomics to more closely tailor medical treatment to the individual patient.


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PainTracker: An Online Survey to Underline the Needs of Chronic Pain Patients. 

Fri, 2018-06-15 13:38

How do you treat a patient with complex chronic pain in a way that accounts for factors like genetics or their medical histories? For some patients, it is hard to find a treatment that aligns with their individual needs and conditions with the very few options available.

The article, “To treat pain, you need to treat the patient” describes how researchers at the University of Washington  Center for Pain Relief created an online form called PainTracker to help determine the effectiveness of the patient’s treatments and improve their quality of life.

If you would like to learn more about the PainTracker, go to Science Daily to read the article or the UW Medicine website.

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Course Registration Now Open – Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles

Tue, 2018-06-12 16:11

Would you like to better understand the issues of big data in clinical outcomes and what roles health sciences librarians can take on in this area? If so, consider registering for Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles.


Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles

Students who successfully complete the course will:

  • Explain the role big data plays in clinical patient outcomes.
  • Explain current/potential roles in which librarians are supporting big data initiatives
  • Illustrate the fundamentals of big data from a systems perspective
  • Articulate their views/options on the role health sciences sector librarians is in supporting big data initiatives


Instructors for this course include NNLM coordinators from PNR, MCR, GMR, MAR, and SEA.


This course is designed to last 8 weeks and students should expect to spend 1 – 2 hours per week completing readings, watching videos, and submitting assignments.


This is a Medical Library Association approved course that will earn students 9 contact hours.


The class size for this course is limited to 40 students. We will begin a waitlist if there are more interested in participating. Space is limited, so register soon.

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The Dish on “The Dish”

Fri, 2018-06-08 16:54

Eric Dishman, director of the All of Us Research Program, produces a video blog called The Dish that can update you on this ambitious effort to recruit a million or more people to share their biomedical data. You can view his comments on his YouTube channel.

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Introduction to Software Carpentry for Librarians

Wed, 2018-06-06 15:26

If you missed the online forum “Introduction to Software Carpentry for Librarians” with speakers Cam Macdonell and Clara Llebot Lorente on 5/24/2018 the recording is now available:

Slides and other documents such as the chat transcript are viewable in this Google Docs folder:

Sponsored by ACRL ULS Technology in University Libraries, they would appreciate your feedback

Carpentries folks ask for feedback here:

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Online Class Offering with MLA and CHIS CE

Mon, 2018-06-04 18:51

Looking for Medical Library Association CE, or interested in getting Level I or II Consumer Health Information Specialization CE in the comfort of your own home, workplace, or favorite coffeehouse? We’ve got you covered with an 8 credit hour CE online course on complementary and alternative medicine. Read on for the details:


Will Duct Tape Cure My Warts? Examining Complementary and Alternative Medicine

This 8 credit hour CE course will introduce basic concepts in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), issues about research into CAM therapies, evaluating CAM information, recommended websites, and researching evidence about CAM therapies.


Dana Abbey and George Strawley.


This course is self-paced; there are no set class hours for you to attend. The course is divided into 6 weekly units, beginning August 6, 2018. Time commitment: plan on an average of 30 to 90 minutes per week.


This course has been certified for 8 contact hours of Medical Library Association (MLA) CE credit. If you are taking this course for MLA CE, there are specific requirements to satisfy the 8-hour instruction requirement. This course is also approved for Level I or Level II CHIS – the Consumer Health Information Specialization from MLA. Learn more about the Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) program.


Space is limited, so register soon.

COST: No charge.


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NIH Strategic Plan for Data Science

Mon, 2018-06-04 18:41

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) today released its first ever Strategic Plan for Data Science (PDF). The plan describes NIH’s overarching goals, strategic objectives, and implementation tactics for promoting the modernization of the NIH-funded biomedical data science ecosystem.

Wondering how libraries fit into the plan? NIH will partner with institutions to engage librarians and information specialists in finding new paths in areas such as library science that have the potential to enrich the data-science ecosystem for biomedical research. /da

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June Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available

Mon, 2018-06-04 18:33

The June 2018 issue of NIH News in Health is now available online. In this issue read about research to help people recover from trauma, learn about herpes, and discover some healthy habits that can extend your life! /da

NIH News in Health is a monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research.

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Health Information for Public Librarians Symposium

Fri, 2018-06-01 16:51

Thirteen public librarians from the MidContinental Region joined counterparts across the country at the Health Information for Public Librarians Symposium on May 22 and 23.

Held on the final two days of the 2018 Medical Library Association annual meeting in Atlanta, the gathering allowed public librarians interested in providing consumer health information to connect with and learn from one another.

Participants heard about the need for public librarians to provide consumer health information and were encouraged to develop plans to increase institutional impact on health literacy.

Dara Richardson-Heron, the chief engagement officer of the All of Us Research Program, spoke to a joint gathering of health sciences and public librarians about the initiative’s plans to partner with libraries in providing health information to populations underrepresented in biomedical research. Former Surgeon General David Satcher discussed the continuing problem of disparities in health research and treatment.

Many of the participants from the MidContinental Region will be sharing their experiences in an upcoming NNLM MCR Breezing session.

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GDPR and Libraries

Fri, 2018-05-25 11:39

You may have noticed many emails lately from vendors and companies updating their privacy policies. The reason for this is that the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (or GDPR) goes into effect today, May 25, 2018. This regulation greatly increases data privacy practices for any company that does business in the EU, which, in turn, means that most major companies are now adopting those practices. You can read about how this will impact libraries in this ACRL Tech Connect blog post or this article from American Libraries Magazine. /al

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Stay Current in Patient Safety

Thu, 2018-05-24 13:45

AHRQ’s Patient Safety Network (PSNet) highlights journal articles, books and tools related to patient safety. You can stay current with email updates or RSS feeds. /da

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Nutritional and food literacy, food labels, and portion size estimation

Thu, 2018-05-24 13:39

A growing body of research shows that individuals who accurately estimate portion sizes and interpret and use food labels have higher nutritional literacy and numeracy skills and realize better health outcomes.

Find out more from the CDC where you can read a summary of recent nutritional and food literacy research. /da

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Resource: Talking with Your Older Patient

Thu, 2018-05-24 13:34

The National Institute on Aging has a resource to help facilitate communication with older patients. “Talking with Your Older Patient” highlights key areas to address conducting a successful health interview. /da

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Applying Health Literacy Strategies to the Health Needs of Older Adults

Thu, 2018-05-24 13:30

Older adults often experience challenges related to managing multiple chronic conditions, changes in vision and hearing, and some older adults may experience cognitive impairments as they age.

The CDC has a collection of selected research from the last few years presents articles that examined the problem of low health literacy and its influence on an older adult’s ability to manage a health condition or medication regimen./da

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All of Us Research Priorities Workshop

Tue, 2018-05-22 18:13

The NIH All of Us Research Program held a priorities workshop in March.

The workshop aim was to identify key research priorities and requirements (i.e., types of data, methods, and how those methods are used) for the All of Us Research Program. Videocasts of the general assembly portions of the workshop are available to view.

View the Agenda (PDF)

Day 1: View the Videocast

Day 2: View the Videocast

Day 3: View the Videocast

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To Your Health: NLM Update Podcast

Tue, 2018-05-22 18:09

NLM presents a weekly audio update that highlights consumer health news and accompanying information from MedlinePlus.

The latest episode is “U.S. health costs and care” Listen here.

More information and past episodes are also available.

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NLM History of Medicine and Graphic Medicine Websites Receive 2018 Awards from the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts

Tue, 2018-05-22 18:01

Two National Library of Medicine websites have been honored with 2018 Communicator Awards from the Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts (AIVA), an assembly of professionals from various disciplines of the visual arts dedicated to embracing progress and the evolving nature of traditional and interactive media.

In the award category for government websites, the website for the National Library of Medicine exhibition Graphic Medicine: Ill-Conceived and Well-Drawn! earned an award of excellence, and the website for the History of Medicine Division of the National Library of Medicine earned an award of distinction.

See more

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NLM Medical Services and Warfare Digitization Project Completed in Partnership with Adam Matthew Digital

Tue, 2018-05-22 17:54

Armory Square Hospital GazetteThe National Library of Medicine’s History of Medicine Division recently worked with Adam Matthew Digital, a digital publisher of unique primary source collections from archives around the world, to digitize more than 12,000 pages of manuscripts from 15 collections held by the NLM, the world’s largest biomedical library.

The NLM collections join a host of others from the British Library, the Library and Archives of Canada, and the UK National Archives, among other libraries and archives, in Medical Services and Warfare, a new online resource from Adam Matthew which explores multiple perspectives on the history of injury, treatment and disease on the front lines of modern warfare.

Patrons can freely view Medical Services and Warfare at the NLM. They may also study the original NLM collections in the NLM’s History of Medicine reading room.

NLM Digital Collections will eventually provide free global access to all the material now digitized for the Medical Services and Warfare project.

More about the collections.

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2018 Joseph Leiter NLM/MLA Lectureship 2018

Tue, 2018-05-15 18:24

Eric Dishman, Director, All of Us Research Program, delivered the 2018 Joseph Leiter NLM/MLA Lectureship 2018 on Wednesday May 9, 2018. His lecture was titled: Precision Communications for Precision Health: Challenges and Strategies for Reaching All of Us. Recording

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Contribute to PubMed 2.0 development!

Tue, 2018-05-15 18:18

PubMed Labs,, is the platform NLM is using to test and identify functionality and features for PubMed 2.0 (to be released in December 2018).  Through PubMed Labs, NCBI is taking into account user feedback, user requests, and usage data to inform development. Quick Facts about PubMed Labs:

  • Has the same data as PubMed
  • Not all functionality in PubMed is available in PubMed Labs (e.g., advanced search)
  • 4,000 unique users per day use PubMed Labs
  • Cloud-based
  • Solr for search and indexing

Kathi Canese, NCBI, will be at MLA and giving presentations and answering questions at the NLM booth about PubMed Labs. Her presentation will also be available online in the NLM Technical Bulletin:

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