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DataFlash: Learn More About Citizen Science in 2020

Tue, 2020-01-28 13:49

Citizen science is happening all around you! Citizen science is an amazing way to participate in research efforts, and it can often be done from a mobile device, from one’s home, or from a library.

On February 24th, 2020, NNLM will be hosting a class called National Library of Medicine Resources for Citizen Scientists; participants will learn how to support citizen science in their communities and ways that libraries can participate. Participants will learn about citizen science library program models, free National Library of Medicine resources to incorporate into citizen science library programs, and sources of funding to explore for buying testing kits or supporting community research efforts. Citizen science library programs are perfect for all ages, and all types of libraries.

Class Information:

National Library of Medicine Resources for Citizen Scientists

February 24, 2020  @ 11PT/12MT/1CT/2ET

Instructor: Zoe Unno

1 MLA CE Credit

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Coronavirus Information

Mon, 2020-01-27 13:44

The following information is news from NLM’s Disaster Information Research Center (DIMRC) regarding the Novel Coronavirus. 

The WHO International Health Regulations (IHR) Emergency Committee met last week and determined that the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak did not constitute a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) at that time. They continue to closely monitor the situation and may meet again soon. In recognition that people are interested in learning what is currently known about the virus and outbreak, we have gathered the following information:

Additional information, regarding this outbreak, can be found on the NNLM blog, Bringing Health Information to the Community (BHIC)

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Consumer Health Minute: CSLP and Summer Reading

Tue, 2020-01-14 04:00

Already thinking about your library’s summer reading program? Well, so is the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM). The NNLM has partnered with the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) to add a healthy aspect to your library’s summer reading program.

NNLM and CSLP partnership began in 2018 which resulted with the first program manual for the 2019 theme, “A Universe of Stories”. The manual included activities such as making stardust playdough and making food for space.

This year’s theme, “Imagine Your Story!” and NNLM has put together a number of activities related to all types of stories while learning about health. Libraries can integrate the tooth fairy myth with the activities highlighting the importance of dental health. Hold a healthy eating book club using Jack and the Beanstalk or Stone Soup for inspiration.  A program focusing on germs hand-washing after a Sick Simon storytime.  NNLM’s programming sheets include planning preparation tips as well as additional resources.

Learning about how to be healthy through stories and fun activities is a great way to encourage your patrons to improve their health. Visit the NNLM Health Programming for Summer Reading web page today!

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NNLM Reading Club January 2020: Let’s Talk about Substance Misuse

Mon, 2020-01-06 03:00

Hey Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka l Dreamland (YA version) by Sam Quinones l Blackout by Sarah Hepola

January often brings a time of reflection and fresh starts to a new year.

Some may be struggling with issues of substance misuse and need resources to learn more about it – whether it has touched them directly or they just want to understand the topic better, especially from a first-person point of  view.  Because substance misuse doesn’t take a holiday, any week is a good week to discuss substance misuse, addiction disorders, and treatment choices for both young and old.

To help get the conversation started, visit the NNLM Reading Club Book Selections and Health Resources: Substance Misuse. Choose one of the three featured books, then download the discussion guide, promotional materials and corresponding Substance Misuse resources. Short on time?  No worries! Apply for a free NNLM Reading Club Book kit.


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DataFlash: Library Carpentry Workshops

Tue, 2019-12-17 15:02

The NNLM Training Office (NTO) and Southeastern Atlantic Region (SEA) are pleased to host Library Carpentry workshops this spring and provide professional development funds to support travel to these exciting opportunities.

In this two-day interactive, hands-on workshop you will learn core software and data skills, with lessons including:

Participants may apply to attend the workshop series in either:

  • Baltimore, Maryland – March 19-20, 2020 or
  • Salt Lake City, Utah – March 26-27, 2020

To broaden access to this exciting training, we invite applications to cover the costs of travel and attendance, up to $1,500 for Baltimore, and $1,200 for Salt Lake City. Travel costs will be reimbursed after travel occurs.

For more information, please apply here.

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MaryAnne Hansen: ALA’s I Love My Librarian Award Winner!

Mon, 2019-12-16 15:24

Selected from more than 1,900 nominations submitted by library users across the county, MaryAnne Hansen, Research Services Librarian,
Montana State University Renne Library, Bozeman, Montana, is 1 of 10 librarians selected as an American Library Association’s “I Love My Librarian” winner. MaryAnne was nominated by her colleagues for her passion and dedication to making a difference and transforming the lives of others through libraries. Along with the other awardees, MaryAnne will be honored at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia on January 25 at 3 p.m. ET. The award ceremony will be live-streamed on Facebook, so everyone can join the celebration and hear each winner’s inspiring story. Congratulations on this well-deserved honor, MaryAnne!

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TOXNET Content is Moving

Fri, 2019-12-13 14:02

TOXNET is a group of databases covering chemicals and drugs, diseases and the environment, environmental health, occupational safety and health, poisoning, risk assessment and regulations, and toxicology. The TOXNET platform will be retired on Monday, December 16, 2019. The majority of the content will remain available through PubMed, Bookshelf, and PubChem, and external websites. For information about accessing TOXNET content after the platform is retired follow the NLM Technical Bulletin and the TOXNET transition page.

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Memory Café at Missoula Public Library honored at 2019 Montana Library Association Conference

Thu, 2019-12-12 20:00

Guest Post by Amanda Allpress, Senior Outreach Librarian, Missoula Public Library, Missoula, MT

Last year Missoula Public Library received an All of Us Community Health Outreach Award to continue the Memory Café program which was started with a previous grant from the Montana Geriatric Education Center. A Memory Café is a program designed as a social engagement for individuals experiencing memory loss. The goal of the library’s Memory Café is to create a safe, welcoming and supportive space for these individuals as well as their caregivers and family members. Research shows the importance of remaining social throughout the memory loss diagnosis and the café helps to achieve this goal. Once a month the library invites a guest to lead a discussion or activity with the participants. We also have a representative from Missoula Aging Services at each café available to answer questions and connect people with resources.

Participants of the Missoula Public Library Memory Cafe

Participants of the Missoula Public Library’s Memory Cafe pose with a motorcycle as part of their oldies music celebration.

Over the past year our attendance has more than doubled! This past month we had nearly 30 people attend a program with the Montana Astronomical Society about black holes. The speaker was very engaging and was able to keep the conversation going on a very scientific subject. Throughout the past 1.5 years we have had so many wonderful times with our Memory Café group. Some highlights include drumming with a local African drum instructor, a motorcycle photo shoot with live oldies music, a movement and creativity exercise with Turning the Wheel Missoula, and a discussion about homesteading with the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula.

One couple, who has been attending our Memory Café from its start, shared what the program means to them: “Walking into a Memory Cafe meeting for me is walking into a safe place – a calm place where I can relax.  No matter what Jim says or how often he says it, no one tries to sidle away from him or avoid him, and no one looks at him as if he is tainted in some way.  He is welcomed and encouraged, and he loves feeling as if what he is saying is valued.  For those few hours, I think he feels almost ‘normal’ again, and, especially when there are activities like drumming or the movement activities, he is able to focus outside of himself again.  For those two hours once a month, he is free to interact as he wants, and I am free to let him go.  I can just let Jim be Jim again, and that is priceless for both of us.” This program’s importance to all who attend is summed up so perfectly in this one couple’s experiences and it’s why the library will continue to offer such an experience for its patrons as long as it’s sustainable.

In addition to helping fund our Memory Café program, the All of Us Community Health Outreach Award helped us purchase six circulating activity kits designed for the purpose of spending one-on-one time with a person diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Activity directors at local senior care facilities have taken advantage of these kits to use on their memory care units and love the variety of different activities each kit offers: a game, puzzle, DVD, interactive book, fidget toy & activities book for caregivers. We were also able to purchase several Assistive Reading Devices ranging from very simple, e.g. a line bar, to very technical, e.g. a portable video magnifier. Just recently I wrote a small article for the local newspaper announcing these items and circulation is beginning to pick up. The hardest part is letting patrons know that the library has products like these to offer for checkout.

At each Memory Café program, we have made available resources from the NLM including handouts and bookmarks directly related to senior health and handouts with information on the NIH All of Us Research Program. In addition to announcing at cafes that the funds were provided by an All of Us Community Health Outreach award, during our session at the Montana Library Association conference, I informed attendees of opportunities for grant awards through the NNLM and also shared material with them on the NIH All of Us Research Program. In our catalog, the records for the books, activity kits and assistive reading devices include a note that the materials were made possible from the grant and in each of the books there is a thank you bookplate inside the front cover.

Our community has recognized the library’s efforts to include programming and provide materials and assistance to this group of individuals and has commended us for doing so. Beyond our local community, I had the honor of accepting an award on behalf of the Memory Café program at the 2019 Montana Library Association Conference for program of the year! After my experiences facilitating our Memory Café program, I would encourage all public libraries to offer memory specific programming. It’s fulfilling and important work and I know it is making a difference in people’s quality of life.

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Winter Holiday Drinking

Wed, 2019-12-11 10:00

photo of champagne and glassesFamily, friends, and co-workers schedule time to gather to celebrate the winter holidays. Often, alcohol is on the menu and it can be easy to drink more than usual. Unfortunately, this can put ourselves and others at risk whether a fight or traffic accident.

The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) provides some tips when hosting an event:

  • Offer a variety of nonalcoholic drinks—water, juices, sparkling sodas. Nonalcoholic drinks help counteract the dehydrating effects of alcohol. Also, the other fluids may slow the rate of alcohol absorption into the body and reduce the peak alcohol concentration in the blood. They also provide your guests with alternatives to alcohol.
  • Provide a variety of healthy foods and snacks. Food can slow the absorption of alcohol and reduce the peak level of alcohol in the body by about one-third. Food can also minimize stomach irritation and gastrointestinal distress the following day.
  • Help your guests get home safely—use designated drivers and taxis. Anyone getting behind the wheel of a car should not have ingested any alcohol.
  • If you are a parent, understand the underage drinking laws—and set a good example.

Many of us do not plan to consume more alcohol than we can handle and we do not intend to harm anyone. Planning ahead may help prevent tragedy.

  • Designate a driver
  • Take public transportation
  • Use a ride-sharing service
  • Use the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) SaferRide app to call a taxi or friend to pick you up

In addition, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides a virtual reality experience of a drunk driving crash scene allowing viewers to interact with first responders. It highlights the consequences of drinking and driving, providing a sobering account of a tragedy.

Learn more about drinking safely during the holidays from the NIAAA including their drink calculators that tell you how many calories and alcohol are in your drink.

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Consumer Health Minute: What’s New “About MedlinePlus”

Mon, 2019-12-09 06:35

As many of you know, MedlinePlus is the comprehensive consumer health information resource from the National Library of Medicine. It made its debut in 1998 with 22 health topics and had 116,000 hits by the end of its first month.  Take a look at more recent statistics:

  • In 2018, 277 million users viewed MedlinePlus more than 700 million times
  • Information sourced from over 1,600 selected organizations
  • 40,000 links to authoritative health information in English
  • 18,000 links to authoritative health information in Spanish
  • Links to resources in more than 60 languages (documents, audio, video)

MedlinePlus has gone through a number of changes over the years. Recently, its “About MedlinePlus” web page has been expanded and updated to help librarians, community organizations, health professionals, and the public to be more knowledgeable about the resource and better utilize it. Highlights include:

MedlinePlus is a reliable health resource to provide quality health information to your patrons, your patients, and the communities you serve. The new “About MedlinePlus” provides the additional information you need to know this is an authoritative and trusted online resource.

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DataFlash: Applications Open for RDM 102 (Spring 2020)

Thu, 2019-12-05 13:35

Applications Open for RDM 102: Beyond Research Data Management for Biomedical and Health Sciences Librarians (Spring 2020) Biomedical and health sciences librarians are invited to participate in a rigorous online training course going beyond the basics of research data management, sponsored by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Training Office (NTO). This course will expand on concepts covered in RDM 101: Biomedical and Health Research Data Management Training for Librarians, and threaded throughout will be the librarian’s role in research reproducibility and research integrity and include practice in using Jupyter Notebooks. The course topics include an overview of data science and open science, data literacy, data wrangling, data visualization, and data storytelling.

The program spans 9 weeks from February 24 – April 24, including 5 modules of asynchronous content, a catch-up week, and a synchronous online session during the week of April 20. The format includes video lectures, readings, case studies, hands-on exercises, and peer discussions. Under the guidance of a project instructor, participants will complete a Final Project to demonstrate improved skills, knowledge, and ability to support data science services at their institution. Expect to spend about 6 hours each week on coursework and the project.

Applications are due January 10, 2020.

Additional details, including application link, are available at

For questions and concerns, please contact the NTO at

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The NNLM Reading Club Honors World AIDS Day

Thu, 2019-11-28 20:30

The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai | Taking Turns by MK Czerwiec | When We Rise by Cleve Jones

The NNLM Reading Club is pleased to recognize World AIDS Day, celebrated each December 1st. Since World AIDS Day was first observed more than 30 years ago, scientific research has led to progress in preventing and treating HIV. Even so, today millions of people live with HIV and a cure is yet to be discovered. HIV remains a health threat because people don’t know the facts about how to protect themselves and others. And those who are HIV positive live with the trauma of stigma and discrimination. Knowledge about HIV may lead to taking action to prevent its spread and also help reduce the stigma of this disease so those living with HIV receive needed support.

To help spark an important conversation about HIV/AIDS, visit the NNLM Reading Club Book Selections and Health Resources: HIV/AIDS Health. Choose one of the three featured books, then  download the discussion guide, promotional materials, and corresponding HIV/AIDS information. Short on time? We’ve got you covered! Apply for a free NNLM Reading Club Book kit.

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A Data Analytics Research Training Fellowship Opportunity …

Wed, 2019-11-20 17:47

Image of the DART Fellowship Logo

The DART Fellowship is a cohort training and development program, including a two-day hands-on training at The University of Texas at Arlington followed by 5 online modules, providing a guided pathway for information professionals to acquire data literacy skills using common methodologies applied toward public health efforts. Throughout the program, the cohort will work collaboratively with guiding researchers – professionals currently engaged in the work the participants are learning – in order to complete a component of a research project.

There is no charge for participating in the program; in addition, travel scholarships are included with acceptance for all participants & guides.

You can find more information here:

They will begin accepting applications on December 1st.  Please note though, priority will be given to those candidates that live and work in the South Central Region (SCR) of the USA.  Good luck!!!

Questions or interested in serving as a research guide? Email

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The New PubMed is Here!

Mon, 2019-11-18 18:38

The new PubMed is now available!

The new PubMed offers a streamlined and easy-to-use interface. The new PubMed interface was built using modern web standards and with a responsive layout, making it easier for mobile use.

Screenshot of the new PubMed homepage accessed on a mobile device, including basic search.

The new PubMed is designed to help you find what you need, fast. The improved Best Match sort order uses a state-of-the-art machine learning algorithm to help elevate the most relevant articles to the top of your results list. Improved citation and title sensors are built into the search box, making it even easier to find an article based on known citation information.

The new PubMed includes the key features that have long been a part of PubMed, including:

  • customizable filters to help you narrow your search
  • tools to save and share your search results
  • an Advanced Search Builder that allows you to search for terms in a specific field, see how your search is being translated, and review your search history
  • options to set up e-mail alerts to be notified when new results are available

Starting in spring 2020, all legacy PubMed users will be redirected to the new PubMed. Stay tuned to banner messages on all PubMed pages for more details.

The new PubMed will continue to evolve to meet user needs. NLM is committed to continued PubMed development, and will continue adding features and improving the user experience, ensuring that PubMed remains a trusted and accessible source of biomedical literature today and in the future.

Interested in learning more? Register for the NNLM Resource Picks webinar featuring the new PubMed, Wednesday, Nov. 20th, 12pm PT, 1pm MT. And, follow the latest news in the NLM Technical Bulletin.

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National Rural Health Day – Mental Health

Fri, 2019-11-15 06:42

The National Organization of State Offices of Rural created National Rural Health Day to celebrate the ongoing efforts and contributions of rural healthcare workers and organizations who work tirelessly to address the unique challenges in accessing and delivering health care services in rural communities. National Rural Health Day is observed each year on the third Thursday of November which is November 21 in 2019.

farm and rolling hills

For those living in less populated areas, keeping healthy can be a challenge due to a number of factors.  Fewer healthcare providers live and work in rural areas requiring longer trips to visit a dentist or doctor to obtain basic services such as checkups, preventative testing, and prescriptions. Living in more remote areas often means fewer specialty services if any are available. Close knit communities may make it difficult to seek care when it comes to more stigmatized health issues such as substance misuse, sexually transmitted diseases, birth control, and mental health.

Mental health is a topic of great concern in many rural communities. It can be especially difficult for those suffering from depression, anxiety, and other conditions. Smaller communities can be a great source of strength and support when it comes to the flu, a broken arm, or hip surgery. But, with a diagnoses of bipolar, schizophrenia, or anxiety, it can be isolating. Some of this is due to lack of knowledge about mental health, stigma, and awareness.

Want to help and learn more? Events and resources are provided below.

The Rural Health Information Hub offers 2 health toolkits which contain resources and information to develop and implement programs on mental health and suicide prevention.

Participate in a Mental Health First Aid course to gain skills and understanding to provide help and support.

The Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) is providing several events to help organizations to address rural health including mental health:

  • Agriculture Workers Mental Health Twitter Chat
    Tuesday, November 19 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PT
    Join by using the hashtag #AgMentalHealth
  • Rural Suicide Prevention in Farm and Ranch Communities, webinar
    Tuesday, November 19 from 12:30 – 1:45 p.m. PT
    Join the webinar
    Dial-In: 888-989-7695; Participant Passcode: 6473800

More complete information is on the HRSA website.

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Citizen Science Month (and Beyond!) at Your Library: Ideas, Tips, and Resources from SciStarter and STAR Net

Tue, 2019-11-12 17:17

Join our friends from SciStarter and STAR Net to learn how your library can participate in Citizen Science Month (April 2020). They will present a free webinar this Thursday, November 14, 2019 from Noon – 1:00 pm PST.

Citizen science can open up a world of free STEAM learning opportunities for library patrons. From identifying butterflies to measuring light pollution, citizen science offers unique ways to engage every patron and allow them to contribute to the greater scientific community. With welcoming environments and equitable access to resources, libraries can serve as a central hub for citizen science in their communities! The STAR Library Network (STAR Net) is excited to showcase impactful STEAM learning opportunities that put a focus on the Earth, such as citizen science, in 2020. With support from the National Library of Medicine and based on feedback from the Citizen Science Association’s “Citizen Science Day” working group, SciStarter and Arizona State University are pleased to announce “Citizen Science Month” (April 2020)! Tune in to this webinar to discover how you can access many free resources to help introduce, shape, or support citizen science in your library.

Learn more and Register at:


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Consumer Health Minute: Family Health History

Tue, 2019-11-12 06:00

In 2004 the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services with the U.S. Surgeon General’s office, launched the public health campaign, The U.S. Surgeon General’s Family Health History Initiative. This initiative highlighted the importance of knowing our family health history and its impact on our health. Knowing that many families gather during Thanksgiving, this initiative provides My Family Health Portrait, a free online tool to assist in these efforts. Today, this information now resides on the Family Health History webpage of the CDC where additional information can be found.

How can your library or organization encourage your community to learn more about their family health history?

family health history tools:

Knowing your family health history can help in family planning, early detection, and preventative steps. Taking the time to talk with family about their health may not be easy and it is important to respect privacy. These tools will provide guidance.

NNLM Book Club:

  • Apply for a free kit which includes your book choice from the list of selected titles focusing on family health history, a discussion guide, MedlinePlus magazines, book marks and brochures.

Libraries Transform toolkit:

NNLM has partnered with Libraries Transform to create a health literacy toolkit. Poster and bookmark templates, social media graphics, programming ideas and more are included in the free toolkit. Several because statements support family health history including:

  • Because Your Family Health History Matters
  • Because Your DNA Doesn’t Have to be Your Destiny
  • Because Rare Diseases Are More Common Than You Think

Check with your NNLM Regional Medical Library  as some offer the posters and bookmarks for free.

National Health Observance toolkit:

NNLM provides toolkits to help libraries and organizations to increase awareness and provide information on a number of health and wellness topics to their communities. November includes National Family Health History Month with social media messages, programming ideas, and more.

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DataFlash: NIH Requests Public Comment on a Draft Policy for Data Management and Sharing and Supplemental Draft Guidance

Fri, 2019-11-08 15:08

On November 6th, 2019, NIH released a Draft NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing and supplemental draft guidance for public comment. The purpose of this draft policy and supplemental draft guidance is to promote effective and efficient data management and sharing that furthers NIH’s commitment to making the results and accomplishments of the research it funds and conducts available to the public. Complete information about the draft Policy and draft supplemental guidance can be found on the NIH OSP website.

Stakeholder feedback is essential to ensure that any future policy maximizes responsible data sharing, minimizes burden on researchers, and protects the privacy of research participants.  Stakeholders are invited to comment on any aspect of the draft policy, the supplemental draft guidance, or any other considerations relevant to NIH’s data management and sharing policy efforts that NIH should consider.

To facilitate commenting, NIH has established a web portal that can be accessed here. To ensure consideration, comments must be received no later than January 10, 2020.

For additional details about NIH’s thinking on this issue, please see Dr. Carrie Wolinetz’ latest Under the Poliscope blog:

NIH’s DRAFT Data Management and Sharing Policy: We Need to Hear From You!

NIH will also be hosting a webinar on the draft policy in the near future. Please stay tuned for details.

Questions may be sent to

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Announcing the November 2019 NNLM Reading Club Book Selections

Thu, 2019-10-31 21:00


Knowing your family’s health history paints a picture of potential health problems from one generation to the next. This knowledge is a powerful tool for early detection or prevention of diseases you may be at risk for. Want to learn how to find and share your family health history with your doctor? Let National Family Health History Day on Thanksgiving Day help get the conversation started this holiday season and throughout the year.

For November 2019, the NNLM Reading Club announces three new NNLM Reading club books. Visit Book Selections and Health Resources for Family Health History to download book discussion guides, promotional materials and corresponding family health history information… or to apply for a free NNLM Reading Club Book Kit!


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National Medical Librarians Month: Katja Wolfe

Mon, 2019-10-28 07:00

In honor of National Medical Librarians Month in October, we are featuring librarians in the PNR region who are medical/health sciences librarians as well as those who provide health information to their communities.  We are fortunate to have Katja Wolfe, from the Soldotna Public Library, be our guest blogger for the last post in this series.

Where do I work? Soldotna Public Library, Soldotna, Alaska. Katja Wolfe

I am a public librarian at a busy rural library on the beautiful Kenai Peninsula in Southcentral Alaska. While I am not a medical librarian, I have had an interest in health-related reference services and programming ever since I started working at the library. That’s partly because I was a researcher for a chronic disease management organization before I became a librarian, and I never lost my desire to help people lead better and happier lives. I also work in a town that is home to the largest hospital on the Kenai Peninsula (separated from the library only by a parking lot and a couple of trees), and it is one of my library’s aims to have relevant and accurate information and resources available for its patients and the community at large at all times.

I am not telling you anything you don’t already know when I say that health literacy skills are crucial to making sense of the large amount of health information available in print and on the internet. The patrons we encounter on a daily basis may simply be looking for information on healthy living or find themselves unexpectedly in need of information about a serious health issue. It is my job, and that of my coworkers, to help them find information that is accurate, timely, and easy to understand.

Enter the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. I was very excited to discover that there is a professional development resource for public librarians like me to learn about health reference, and I have freely shared this resource with my fellow coworkers.  I have taken four courses and several webinars offered by the NNLM, all of them related to providing quality health reference services to patrons of all ages and all abilities. The first two courses I took, Health on the Range and Stand up for Health, helped me learn how to assess community health needs and focus on issues particular to rural areas such as the Kenai Peninsula. Part of the latter course helped me assess and improve our health and wellness collection. I also attended Beyond an Apple a Day, taught by Carolyn Martin, this past spring at our state library conference. The half-day training introduced Alaska librarians to resources such as MedlinePlus, available through the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Finally, I completed Wellness in the Library Workplace this April, which gave me a lot of great ideas to prevent burnout and make the workplace less stressful. And, if you didn’t already know, being a public librarian can get pretty stressful and overwhelming. This year, I applied for and received the MLA Consumer Health Information Specialist (CHIS) Level I certification at no cost thanks to the NNLM. I am looking forward to continuing my education and work toward Level II.  Soldotna Public Library

In July 2019, I was invited to attend the Libraries as Partners in Health seminar at the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland. What an amazing opportunity. The seminar included a review of available health reference resources, a tour of the campus (including a tour of the National Library of Medicine), a lively discussion about health-related programming, and an opportunity to meet and network with peers in my region of the U.S. I am grateful that I was able to attend this meeting.

All of this to say that I really appreciate the resources and support that are available to public libraries like mine. It has greatly improved the way we provide consumer health reference at my library.

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