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Virtual Introduction: NNLM SCR 2019 Library Student Outreach Awardees!

Mon, 2019-10-07 15:40

Learn more about our students before meeting them this weekend at SCC/MLA 2019!

LIS Students

Clockwise from top left:

Laura Rey
Library Associate II
Texas A&M University

Favorite food: Steak. With a side of steak.

Book or show you’re enjoying and why: Jon Krakauer’s “Into the Wild” because it’s a reminder we all need people.

What you’re excited to learn at SCC: One of the things I’m particularly excited to learn is more about outreach in our region and consider new ideas about outreach and librarianship.

E. Bailey Sterling
University of North Texas

Favorite kind of food: What kind of Texan would I be if I didn’t proudly proclaim my love for tacos?

Book or show you’re enjoying and why: My most recent reads were Capote’s In Cold Blood and Walker’s The Color Purple; both absolutely blew me away. I read these profound masterpieces back-to-back, and my head is still reeling. I had the pleasure of hearing Margaret Atwood speak this month, so I think the next book I dive into will be The Testaments. Right now I’m reading Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book and Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach aloud with my children. Children’s lit is my favorite; I have 3 kids, and together we have read aloud thousands of books over the years. Reading with them is my greatest joy.

What you’re excited to learn at SCC: Of specific interest to me are youth and family libraries in medical institutions, and I’m very much looking forward to meeting with industry professionals who could perhaps shed some light on which skills would be most beneficial for me to hone and what family health librarians foresee on the horizon of their profession.

Revathi Vaidyanathan
Library Technician
McKinney Public Library System

Favorite kind of food: Pad Thai

Book currently reading: Educated – a memoir. I love reading biographies and memoirs, but this book is so enthralling. The story is true. It took place 20 years ago. You will have to keep reminding yourself of that because the mindset and ideas discussed sound antiquated, but they are still alive and kicking here in America and that is just crazy! It does take me back to the rural India, where they are prevalent and relate and understand what Tara went through.

What you’re excited to learn at SCC? I am looking forward to understanding the Medical initiatives, Health Outreach programs and network with medical librarians, which I would like to utilize to incorporate at my library as well as move into the field.

Brandy Walthall
Circulation Assistant
Brookhaven College

Favorite kind of food: My favorite kind of food is pizza.

Book or show you’re enjoying and why: Brenda Jackson is one of my favorite authors; I love romance novels! I just started her Catalina Cove Series. I’m currently reading book one: Love in Catalina Cove.

What you’re excited to learn at SCC: I’m excited to learn more about the NLM databases and their resources. I’m also excited to learn more about the outreach initiatives. I’m still exploring my options with my degree, so I think this opportunity will give me a chance to learn more about this field of librarianship.

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Public Libraries Summer Report – Part 3: The Year of Space in Libraries, Schools, and the Community

Thu, 2019-09-12 11:59

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) has partnered with national associations to carry out health programs and initiatives with public libraries, to provide health information and services to patrons. NNLM network member libraries have partnered with community partners to carry out heath related programming, at times incorporating health devices into their collections and even hosting health events ranging from fitness classes to health screenings. Our Consumer Health Coordinator, Debbie Montenegro, has written a three-part series to report on her very busy summer of working with public libraries in the South Central Region (SCR). This is the third and final part. 

Debbie teaching

This year and especially during summer, libraries across the nation celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing with the CSLP (Collaborative Summer Library Program) theme “A Universe of Stories”. NNLM SCR Consumer Health Coordinator and NASA Solar System Ambassador, Debbie Montenegro, was invited by the LLA GODORT to be a featured speaker at the LLA conference. She was also invited to be a guest speaker on a local community podcast that focuses on Latinx (Latino/a) creatives and those working in the service industry. Debbie was delighted to be the first speaker on a scientific topic. Link to podcast: Season 1, Episode 9.

During the summer, Debbie accompanied UNTHSC Lewis Library Librarian Lorraine Sheldon and Fort Worth Academy educator Lauren Parker, to present at several public libraries and apartment resident organizations across Fort Worth and Dallas. They conducted an interactive program called Astronaut Academy: Health and Exercise, with demonstrations and hands-on educational activities that reached families and children in under-served areas. Participants learned how astronauts live, exercise, and eat in space, and even engage in their own physical exercises!

EducatorsDebbie and Lauren also presented sessions at state and national conferences for educators, encouraging cross-collaboration between subjects and professions, particularly with science and literacy. They presented the session, Mars Anomalies: Exploring Literacy and STEM Collaborations (with Health Connections) at the STAT (Science Teachers Association of Texas) Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching, the Space Exploration Educators Conference, and the Space Port Area Conference for Educators. Debbie also had the honor of being featured by the Civil Air Patrol Aerospace Education program, during the last conference.

Altogether, Debbie has presented space health programming for both train-the-trainer and direct-to-consumer sessions across the South Central Region including Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, New Mexico, (and also Florida). The programs utilized resources from NNLM, NLM, NIH, and NASA. For more information on the NNLM SCR’s Consumer Health Coordinator’s Space Health Programming, with health information resources to support science engagement, follow this link: https://nnlm.gov/scr/initiatives/regional/astronauthealth

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Public Libraries Summer Report – Part 2: NNLM Summer Reading Collaborations

Tue, 2019-08-27 11:08

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) has partnered with national associations to carry out health programs and initiatives with public libraries, to provide health information and services to patrons. NNLM network member libraries have partnered with community partners to carry out heath related programming, at times incorporating health devices into their collections and even hosting health events ranging from fitness classes to health screenings. Our Consumer Health Coordinator, Debbie Montenegro, has written a three-part series to report on her very busy summer of working with public libraries in the South Central Region (SCR). This is Part 2. 

Debbie teachingNNLM has collaborated with several national partners to incorporate health and wellness programming into libraries and other organizations, with the purpose of bringing access to health information into communities. One partnership is with the Collaborative Summer Library Program to bring health programming to public libraries for summer reading. Summer Reading is a big deal for public libraries, as it is their busiest time. School is out and families with young children are looking for summer activities.

For three years, NNLM has and will create the NNLM Summer Health Programming Manual as a companion to CSLP’s full summer manual. For 2019, the summer reading theme is Space, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. NNLM also partnered with network members to carry out space-related programs.

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One program in particular was the “Library Moon Walk” and involved three library systems and was funded by the NNLM Middle Atlantic Region (MAR):

A “walk” from Upstate New York to the Moon is approximately 238,900 miles. But that’s not stopping librarians and their patrons from giving it their best shot with the Library Moon Walk! Librarians from the Mohawk Valley, Southern Adirondack, and Upper Hudson Library Systems received funding from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region to get their patrons moving, dancing, and learning about health and wellness.

To see the manual and related webinars, check out our summer reading page here: https://nnlm.gov/initiatives/summer-reading

To see more about this program, check out the Library Moon Walk Page here: https://librarymoonwalk.sals.edu

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Public Libraries Summer Report – Part 1: The Oklahoma Symposium

Tue, 2019-08-20 11:45

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) has partnered with national associations to carry out health programs and initiatives with public libraries, to provide health information and services to patrons. NNLM network member libraries have partnered with community partners to carry out heath related programming, at times incorporating health devices into their collections and even hosting health events ranging from fitness classes to health screenings. Our Consumer Health Coordinator, Debbie Montenegro, has written a three-part series to report on her very busy summer of working with public libraries in the South Central Region (SCR). This is Part 1. 

Earlier this year, our Executive Director, Consumer Health Coordinator, and All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator had the opportunity to present at the Health Literacy Symposium held by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and sponsored by the NNLM SCR, the Robert M. Bird Health Sciences Library (University of Oklahoma), and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Public librarians from across the state of Oklahoma were in attendance, from both urban and rural areas. The Symposium was titled, A Familiar Story with a New Title: Social Determinants of Health in Libraries, Literacy Programs, and Communities. A description of the symposium is as follows:

“Because of their expertise and accessibility, librarians and literacy personnel engage with people from all walks of life, with various socioeconomic situations, with diverse educational backgrounds, and a myriad of health needs. These conditions, called social determinants of health, impact not only the health of library users and learners, but their health literacy and their ability to use community resources” (Symposium flyer).

The part I found most instructional as a presenter, were the share-back sessions where each public librarian got to report on what their library had been working on and what they had in store for the summer, which is now coming to an end. How time flies!

Moon Landing Anniversary EventThe Oklahoma public libraries reported conducting health-related programming including nutrition and healthy cooking classes for adults and children. Libraries also partnered with organizations such as Blue Zones; YMCA; Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program; nutritionists; and even hospital systems. They conducted fitness sessions on yoga, tai chi, and dance for patrons. Some also incorporated health conscious items into their collections, such as blood pressure monitors and scales. Along with community partners, libraries also hosted health screenings, CPR classes, Medicare counsel, and health awareness programs. Other programs include monthly health challenges and other active programs such as maintaining community gardens or going on story walks. They also created resource guides for health provider locations.

Libraries in Oklahoma also took the national Summer Reading “Space” theme to another level and incorporated it into health programming. Librarians created programs including Space Story Walks, astronaut training in the park, walking to the moon events and moon walk sack races!

We’ll share more about NNLM involvement in moon-walking on the next post!

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Featured Archive: UAMS Historical Research Center

Thu, 2019-08-08 16:26

We’re pleased to present this guest post from Tim Nutt, Director of the Historical Research Center (HRC) at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. All photos are courtesy of the HRC. 

The Historical Research Center (HRC), a unit of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Library, is the state’s only repository exclusively dedicated to the preservation of Arkansas’ medical history. For over 40 years, the HRC has collected materials and artifacts of physicians, nurses, and other health professionals and organizations from around the state.

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Edith Irby Jones Graduation Photo

Currently, the HRC has about 500 linear feet of archival collections, including the professional papers of Dr. Edith Irby Jones who, when admitted to the University of Arkansas School of Medicine in 1948, became the first African American admitted to a Southern white medical school. We are also honored to be the repository for the collection of M. Joycelyn Elders, M.D., United States Surgeon General from 1993- 1994. Jones served as a mentor to Elders, and the HRC is especially proud to preserve the legacies and the professional relationship of these significant  physicians.

Another signature collection is that of Dr. Oliver Wenger, a U.S. Public Health Service official, who operated the government’s venereal disease clinic in Hot Springs, Arkansas in the 1920s, the time when the city was home to gambling, prostitution, and gangsters, including Al Capone. The collection, though, does not focus solely on individuals and organizations, such as the Pulaski County Medical Society (established 1866) and Arkansas State Nurses Association. The Historical Research Center also serves as the repository for the institutional archives of UAMS.

Baby Carrier

Baby Carrier

Papers, photographs, and other paper items are complemented by the HRC’s extensive artifact collection. Ranging from a Civil War-era medical toolset to a collection of historic dental instruments to a portable anesthesia machine and everything in-between, the artifact collection documents almost every facet of medical history. One of our favorite artifacts is a WWII-era baby carrier used to protect preemies. Looking more suited to carrying a cat than a baby, the carrier was equipped with a woolen blanket, a thermometer and room for a hot water bottle. For air circulation and to protect the baby from Arkansas insects, the carrier has screened vents. It is one of our prized artifacts and one that we show to visitors. Another favorite is a scrapbook of pathology specimens that shows the devastating effects of various diseases on intestines. The scrapbook was compiled by Dr. Edwin T. Bentley in 1864, in his capacity as a surgeon with the U.S. General Hospital in Alexandria, VA. Assigned to Little Rock after the Civil War, Dr. Bentley helped found the Arkansas Industrial University Medical Department (now UAMS) in 1879. Upon his death in 1917, the scrapbook was discovered among his estate. The specimens contained in the scrapbook correspond to cases presented in the Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion (Washington, 1870-1888).

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Electra Vita Body Battery Belt Advertisement, 1910

One of the HRC’s collecting priorities is quack medicine. To that end, we actively seek out materials that document pseudo-medical practices. One of my favorite quack devices in our collection is the Electra Vita Body Battery Belt, which was sold in the early 1900s. Marketed toward men who were nervous, run, weak, or unambitious, the belt provided that much needed jolt of energy. The belt wrapped around one’s waist and provided continuous electrical pulses, courtesy of batteries (which kept a permanent charge) tucked inside the belt’s lining. The true medical benefits of the Electra Vita Body Battery Belt were non-existent, except for maybe a placebo effect. Who would not move around more (which would give the impression of more energy) if one was being constantly shocked?

In addition to the archival collections, the HRC also has a History of Medicine book collection. This general collection, acquired through donation and purchase, currently numbers around 6,000 volumes.

Many people do not realize that Arkansas has a rich medical history. To educate visitors about that history, the HRC installs exhibits around the UAMS campus. One recent exhibit highlighted rarely-seen artifacts from our holdings. This exhibit proved to be extremely popular as most people saw items for the first time or ones that brought back fond memories. One, in the latter category, was the 1980s-era “R.F. Ant” mascot head. R.F. Ant (the R.F. stands for Refuse) was the creation of a UAMS professor of pharmacy and visited schools to teach children about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. The red bulbous ant head sitting prominently in the glass case drew many to the exhibit.

We also publish digital exhibits so researchers and visitors who are not on the UAMS campus can utilize and enjoy our holdings. Issues from 1870-1922 of the Journal of the Arkansas Medical Society are viewable on our digital collections, as well as many of our photographs and artifacts. Currently, we are digitizing photographs from the M. Joycelyn Elders, M.D. collection to tell the story of this influential physician. The Historical Research Center’s digital collections are located at: https://hrcdigitalcollections.contentdm.oclc.org/.

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HRC Archival Storage

In 2016, the Historical Research Center opened its new research room and archival storage on the fifth floor of the UAMS Library. Before this, the HRC’s public and work spaces were cramped and not inviting. Now, we have a welcoming atmosphere with room for researchers. This new space, combined with a higher visibility, has resulted in about 50 researchers a year.

The Historical Research Center is fortunate to have an active friends’ group. The Society for the History of Medicine and the Health Professions (SHMHP) was established in 1982 with the mission of supporting the Center. The Society sponsors an annual grant program that ensures the HRC’s collections are used in historical research. SHMHP’s main activity is a yearly lecture and dinner. This event, co-sponsored by the Historical Research Center, attracts about 65 people and features a catered dinner and presentation on a medical history topic (usually related to Arkansas). The Society also co-sponsors many of the HRC’s events throughout the year, including an Open House in October (for American Archives Month and National Medical Librarians Month) and periodic lectures.

The Historical Research Center has a wonderful staff—we would not be able to do all that we do without Suzanne Easley (Assistant Director and Archivist), Calee Henderson (Digital Initiatives Librarian), and April Hughes (Administrative Analyst). Together, we make a good team in preserving and teaching about Arkansas’s medical history.

If you are in Little Rock, I encourage you to stop by and visit us. We look forward to seeing you!

Tim NuttAbout the author: Tim Nutt is currently employed as the Director of the Historical Research Center at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Previously, he was employed as the Head of Special Collections at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and as founding Deputy Curator of the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies at the Central Arkansas Library System.  He also served as the founding Managing Editor and Staff Historian of the award-winning online Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture. Nutt received a B.A. in History from the University of Central Arkansas and a masters in Library Science, with an emphasis on archives, from the University of Oklahoma. He is a past president of the Arkansas Historical Association and a Certified Archivist.

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