The NNLM MCR offices will be closed Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday.
We wish you all the best and enjoy!
Are you attending the ALA Midwinter conference in Seattle? Did you know there is an exciting preconference about health disparities and health literacy at this year’s Midwinter conference?
About the Preconference
Implicit Bias, Health Disparities and Health Literacy: Intersections in Health Equity will be held on January 25, 2019 from 9 am to noon at the Washington State Convention Center during ALA Midwinter in Seattle, WA. The preconference is sponsored by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Northwest Region, the Public Library Association, and the ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services. This interactive preconference will include presentations, facilitated table conversations, and self-reflection to help participants learn how libraries can deepen their work in health literacy and ensure a lasting impact for improving health in their communities.
If this sounds like it’s for you, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine MidContinental Region is pleased to announce that we are offering up to ten professional development awards for individuals interested attending the preconference. Public service and programming staff at public libraries who work at NNLM MCR member organizations in Utah, Colorado, Nebraska, Wyoming, Kansas, and Missouri are eligible. No worries if your organization is not a current NNLM MCR member. It’s easy to join! Eligible costs for this award includes the preconference ticketed event for Implicit Bias, Health Disparities and Health Literacy: Intersections in Health Equity, roundtrip coach airfare, lodging costs, and per diem for meals up to $1,000 total.
How to Apply
Applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis until Monday, December 3, 2018. Preference will be given to first time professional development award applicants but please don’t let that stop you from applying. To obtain a copy of the application form for the ALA 2019 Midwinter preconference award, please contact Chris Pryor at email@example.com or 573-884-5042.
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region will soon launch the Virtual Reality in Health Science Libraries Community of Practice.
This online learning network will help participants research current initiatives, share experiences, and exchange technical information regarding virtual reality use in health science libraries.
The Virtual Reality in Health Sciences Libraries Community of Practice is a community open to all interested librarians in our region. No experience with virtual reality is necessary. You can decide how much time and effort you would like to devote to the group. Additionally, if you are interested in developing or expanding virtual reality services in your library, funding may be available for qualified applicants.
Attributed to Jean Lave and Etienne Wenger, the term community of practice (CoP) refers to the “process of social learning that occurs when people who have a common interest in some subject or problem collaborate over an extended period to share ideas, find solutions, and build innovations” (Allen and Apgar 2007).
For more information about Virtual Reality in Health Sciences Libraries CoP, please contact the community coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope you will consider joining us!
This year’s open enrollment period to sign up for the Health Insurance Marketplace under the Affordable Care Act ends Dec. 15.
Learn how your library can help patrons meet the deadline at a Public Library Association webinar on Thursday.
The webinar is part of PLA’s Libraries Connecting You to Coverage initiative, a national partnership to assist uninsured consumers in enrolling in the Affordable Care Act. The initiative’s web page offers resources that can help you support patrons in making their insurance selections.
The webinar conducted by a panel of academic and public librarians takes place at 1 p.m. Central time, noon Mountain. Space is limited. Go to the registration page to sign up.
How can a library provide health information to its users who have a culturally diverse background and speak one or more languages other than English? An online course that starts in January will demonstrate how.
From Beyond Our Borders: Providing Multilingual and Multicultural Health Information is an opportunity for librarians to better understand the available resources that they can provide for diverse populations with specific health needs within their community.
The course will give participants an understanding of the current population of refugees, immigrants, and migrant and seasonal farm workers in the U.S. It will discuss how cultural humility can influence the library’s surrounding environment, and introduce reliable websites with quality health information translated into multiple languages. Participants will be able to construct their own outreach project from what they’ve learned and incorporate it into their library by the end of the course.
The class runs from Jan. 7 to Feb. 4.
Did you know the National Institutes of Health has a variety of online wellness toolkits? As you think ahead to the new year, use these tools to find ways to improve your well-being in any area you’d like. Explore your emotional health, your stress adaptability, your physical health, your relationships, and how to protect yourself from disease.
The November 2018 issue of NIH News in Health is available online. In this issue, learn ways to make your community healthier and read about treatment options for acid reflux.
This live session will include an overview and search demonstrations for each database. LactMed contains information on drugs, dietary supplements, and other chemicals to which breastfeeding mothers might be exposed. It includes information on the levels of those substances in breast milk and infant blood, as well as possible adverse effects in a nursing infant. LiverTox provides information about drug induced liver injury caused by prescription and nonprescription drugs, herbals and dietary supplements.
Presenter: James Knoben, PharmD, MPH, Specialized Information Services, National Library of Medicine
Presenter: Dr. Phil Anderson
The presentation will be recorded. To view prior NNLM Resource Picks offerings, please visit https://nnlm.gov/classes/nnlm-resource-picks.
George Strawley and Alicia Lillich had a great time exhibiting and presenting at the Kansas Library Association and Mountain Plains Library Association joint 2018 conference in Wichita, Kansas. They set up a “selfie booth” in the exhibit hall to liven up the event. Here are some of our favorite pictures!
Open Access Week is observed every year October. It is a global celebration of “the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need.” This year, the theme is “designing equitable foundations for open knowledge.”
Libraries, academic institutions, and other organizations throughout our region are marking this week with a variety of events:
- The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Health Science Library is hosting a presentation on predatory publishing.
- The University of Missouri Ellis Library is hosting an open house and a film screening.
- The University of Kansas Medical Center is hosting an Open Access Panel and film screening.
Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. National Take-Back Day is a safe, convenient, and responsible way to dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs.
The last Take-Back Day brought in almost 1 million pounds of unused or expired prescription medication. This is the largest amount collected since the program began in 2010.
This brings the total amount of prescription drugs collected by DEA since the fall of 2010 to 9,964,714 pounds, or 4,982 tons.
Locate a Collection Site Near You: https://takebackday.dea.gov/.
Just a reminder that the National Library of Medicine (NLM) will discontinue PubMed Health effective October 31, 2018. Much of the content in PubMed Health is available in other NLM resources such as PubMed, Bookshelf, and MedlinePlus. For more information on this change, please see the NLM Technical Bulletin.
Tox Town, which provides consumer-level information on everyday locations and situations where toxic chemical exposure might occur, has some new design features and content organization. Due to low usage, the Website no longer contains Spanish language materials. For more information, please see the NLM Technical Bulletin.
The preview period for the newly redesigned DOCLINE 6.0 will begin in November 2018; watch for an email with your library’s invitation. During the preview, please confirm your login and connection to your library.
As you might imagine, NLM DOCLINE customer support resources are limited. In order to provide support to each library that needs it, there will be phased login testing over multiple weeks. You will receive an email when your individual preview period begins.
The existing system will be available until DOCLINE 6.0 is ready for borrowing and lending.
Hear how one agency reached Latinos in rural Minnesota at a webinar on Addressing Latino Health and Wellness Disparities Through Virtual Community Health and Wellness Workshops on Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 1-2 pm CT.
The session offered by the Greater Midwest Regional Medical Library will describe how CLUES (Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio) designed, implemented, and evaluated a virtual health and wellness workshop series covering mental health and wellness topics and targeting the Latino community. The session will wrap up with considerations for other organizations when targeting outreach efforts to the Latino population within their hard-to-reach rural communities.
Join us tomorrow for Breezing Along with the RML!
Public Health Resources – Breezing Along with the RML
Wednesday, October 17, 2018 – 2 MT/3 CT
The public health work force can have barriers to accessing tools to find the best evidence in public health research and practice. They can get help to break through those barriers from the NNLM Public Health Coordination Office (NPHCO.) We will provide an overview of their services and profile some of the organizations that benefit from those service along with future plans.
Register for the Activate, Collaborate, and Educate: Health Outreach and Programming in Your Community course and learn how to introduce your community members to resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and other trustworthy organizations in exciting and engaging ways.
This course will give participants the ability to plan a potential health outreach or health program for their organization and to effectively provide NLM resources that are relevant to health needs of their community.
The National Library of Medicine is pleased to announce a new design for the Tox Town website, which provides consumer-level information on everyday locations and situations where toxic chemical exposure might occur.
The new design, informed by extensive user research has:
- Enhanced search optimization
- Improved readability
New Tox Town features reflecting consumers’ frequently asked questions include:
- New Community Action Tools Page with guidance for community engagement and resources for finding local data
- Newly added Reduce Your Risk information with practical steps to avoid and address exposure
- New content organization into Sources of Exposure and Chemicals and Contaminants rather than previously used neighborhood scenes
Due to low usage, the website no longer contains Spanish language materials.
Applications are open through December 1, 2018, for the 2018 cohort of MLA Research Training Institute for Health Sciences Librarians (RTI) research fellows. Please follow links to the application instructions and the online application form. The institute is a weeklong residential workshop held in Chicago, July 15–19, 2019, with follow-up activities and support, mentoring, and membership in an ongoing research community. Read more in the MLA News article. For questions regarding the institute, application process, or scholarships, please contact Project Director Susan Lessick, AHIP, FMLA.
The 2019 American Library Association Midwinter symposium is now open for meetings and exhibit registration! The conference will be taking place in Seattle, Washington on January 25th-29th.
This year’s symposium will be focusing on the future of Libraries, where participants will examine the future of academic, public school, and special libraries. The conference will reflect the trends that are inspiring innovation in libraries and how they will be able to adapt to the evolving needs of their communities.
If you would like to register and to learn more, visit 2019alamidwinter.org.