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NNLM’s RD3 Website: RDM 101 Course Material Available for Non-Course Registrants

Thu, 2019-09-12 11:57

RD3 Website Intro

The NNLM’s research data management (RDM) course entitled, “RDM 101” kicked off this past Monday, September 9th, 2019 with a full class; interest in this particular RDM course was so high that it even gave rise to a course waitlist!

RDM 101 is an excellent and comprehensive course on RDM basics.  It covers topics that are relevant to the supporting RDM librarian, who needs to help anyone in research that needs a hand with managing and organizing data.  More specifically, it covers these key data science topics:

  • Data organization
    (i.e. data collection, data documentation like file naming etc., data types, metadata format and standards for metadata content like controlled vocabularies, and data management plan (DMPs) design);
  • Data storage and security
    (i.e. short-term backup and long-term storage options, encryption, password protection etc.);
  • Data access and sharing, and reuse
    (i.e. copyright and intellectual property issues, data use agreements, data sharing funder requirements, licenses for data usage etc.) and;
  • Data preservation
    (i.e. various data repositories – subject specific, general, and institutional – and data journals).

For the busy librarian who may not have the time commitment that is required and involved to participate in this RDM 101 course, or for the librarian who couldn’t get into the Moodle course, there is hope!!!  All of the RDM 101 course material except active links to the course readings and assignments/pretest/posttest material is up and running on the NNLM’s RD3 website.

The NNLM’s RD3 website is the answer to your data science questions.  It is an excellent and comprehensive website about data science and includes a page under “Training” for RDM training from the RDM 101 course.  It is organized by week and there are 5 weeks in total.

Something to look forward to in the next coming weeks is RDM 102’s course material will be posted on the NNLM’s RD3 website too!  Soooo, stay tuned!!!

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Regarding Upcoming PubMed Webinars

Tue, 2019-09-03 05:41

There has been overwhelming interest in the new PubMed, and regrettably all of the upcoming “A New PubMed: Highlights for Information Professionals” webinars are filled to capacity. However, NLM wants to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to learn about the new PubMed, and to get their questions answered.

If you were not able to register for any of the sessions of “A New PubMed: Highlights for Information Professionals,” we recommend you start by watching “NCBI Minute: An Updated PubMed is on its Way!”  This short video was recorded earlier this month, and contains most of the information that will be presented in the upcoming webinars.

The recordings for each of the sessions of “A New PubMed: Highlights for Information Professionals” will be posted shortly after they occur on the class webpage. Additionally, a compiled Q&A, addressing the most frequently asked questions from the five webinars, will also be posted.

If you have any questions about the new PubMed, either now or after watching one of the recordings, you can always contact the PubMed team via NLM Customer Service.

The PubMed team is eager to answer questions and address concerns about the new PubMed; feel free to contact them any time.

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Explore Healthy Aging with the NNLM Reading Club

Fri, 2019-08-30 12:38

The NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network is pleased to announce its three book selections in support of Healthy Aging.

Book Covers for Women Rowing North, Elderhood and The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 ¼ Years Old


Women Rowing North by Mary Pipher

Elderhood by Louise Aronson

The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 ¼ Years Old by Hendrik Groen

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, all baby boomers will be older than age 65 by 2030. This will expand the size of the older population so that 1 in every 5 persons will be a senior. How can you successfully navigate the advancing years? Practice healthy aging:

  • Be physically active
  • Make smart food choices
  • Get regular health screenings
  • Participate in activities you enjoy

During September – or any month – help get the conversation started in support of healthy aging. Choose one of the three NNLM Reading club books, download the discussion guide, and share health information and programming … or apply for a free NNLM Reading Club Book Kit!

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DataFlash: Stephen Few’s “The Data Loom” – A Book Review

Tue, 2019-08-27 16:26

Books with reading glasses

Stephen Few is no amateur when it comes to data analysis and data visualization; as the author of more than half a dozen books on data analysis and data visualization, this Pacific Northwest resident has become a trusted expert on the topic.

In Few’s newest book which was released this past May 2019 entitled “The Data Loom”, he does not disappoint his growing data fans.  In a time where dressing up data stories with cheap tricks (i.e. useless and misleading data visualizations to suit your own objectives) has become popular, Few reminds us of the importance of truthful data storytelling and truthful data presentations.  Few teaches us how to think critically and scientifically when it comes to thinking about our data and data presentation.  In fact, Few asserts that we don’t really live in the “Information Age” but more of the “Data Age” where data only is valuable to us after we make sense of it – i.e. through data sensemaking.

In Chapter 3 entitled “Think Scientifically”, Few reflects on the greater purpose of data sensemaking (63):

“Too often, data sensemaking focuses solely on collecting and reporting facts. However, facts are only useful if they lead to an understanding that enables decisions and actions that produce a better world.  Not every question involves causal relationships, but the most important questions do.”

Through being able to think critically and scientifically, we are in a better position to really understand and use data in a truthful and valuable way that will ultimately affect our ability to make good decisions.  Few’s knowledge of critical and scientific thinking comes shining through with many of his inspirational quotes and book references from great thinkers.  Masterfully, Stephen Few succinctly sums up a huge body of essential statistical, philosophical, and scientific works into a matter of 122 pages.  “The Data Loom” by Stephen Few is an amazingly concise work on thinking about data and a very worthwhile read!!!

Additional Reading by Stephen Few:

Show Me the Numbers

Information Dashboard Design: Displaying Data for At-a-Glance Monitoring

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Consumer Health Minute: Collection Management

Thu, 2019-08-22 12:53

Back in the day, before the Internet, the majority of our resources were in print. Our patrons would enter the library to peruse our collections for information they needed or approached the reference desk to ask the librarian for assistance who would then often direct the patron to a reference tome or an item on the shelf.

Now days, it is rarer for us to turn to the printed format and many times, what we need is often found online. Publishers of consumer health reference books are also moving their content online and it is becoming more difficult to find authoritative consumer health information in books.

Many library staff have stated that their patrons want print, in other words, books. In our NNLM classes and conference sessions we often recommend specific online resources as the best resources for providing quality health information for patrons. As information providers, we need to acknowledge that certain online information is more current and more reliable.  And of course, online content can be printed.

Recently, Francesca Goldsmith, expert librarian and author, presented, “Collection Management for Healthy Communities”, on the NNLM webinar series, Kernel of Knowledge. The 1 hour session was recorded and Goldsmith provides library staff with the rationale and support in choosing appropriate online and print health related resources for your communities, as well as addressing  the issue of print books versus online resources. Goldsmith will help you feel more confident in building your library’s health collection.

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Call for Requests to host National Library of Medicine exhibit, “Politics of Yellow Fever in Alexander Hamilton’s America”

Tue, 2019-08-20 06:18

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has a wonderful program of traveling exhibits that focus on history, literature, health issues and professions. They consist of banners but there is online content as well. The banners allow for programming and collaborating with organizations in your community such as a school, a health clinic, an academic institution, or community organization.

The NLM Exhibition Program has an opportunity to host one of their newer exhibits, “Politics of Yellow Fever in Alexander Hamilton’s America”.

NLM traveling exhibit "Politics of Yellow Fever"

This six-banner traveling exhibition explores how party politics shaped the response to the yellow fever epidemic in 1793 Philadelphia where Philadelphians confronted yellow fever in the absence of an effective cure or consensus about the origins of the disease.  Medical professionals, early political parties, and private citizens seized on the epidemic to advance their respective agendas. As a result, Philadelphia’s sick and dying received medical care informed as much by politics as by the best available science.  Politics of Yellow Fever tells the story of how Philadelphia’s sick, anxious residents responded to yellow fever using an uneasy blend of science and politics.

If you would like to host “Politics of Yellow Fever in Alexander Hamilton’s America”, please complete a Call for Requests Response Form and submit your completed form to: by September 23, 2019 at 8:59 p.m., PT.

For more information on Exhibitions Connect and Call for Requests, please visit the Exhibitions Connect web page.

Consider subscribing to the MAKING-EXHIBITION-CONNECTIONS  listserv for future official announcements.

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Bringing Healthy Ideas to Life: NNLM PNR All of Us Community Engagement Awards!

Mon, 2019-08-19 15:01


Do you have a great idea to advance health literacy and advance health equity in your community? Bring your great idea to life by applying for one of the NNLM PNR All of Us Community Engagement Awards! We’re delighted to offer 3 Community Engagement Awards, each up to $100,000. Please note: award applications for any amount up to $100,000 will be considered.

The goals of the Community Outreach Awards are to foster awareness of the NIH All of Us Research Program and promote health literacy and health equity through:

  • improving consumer access to quality, evidence-based health information
  • providing programs, education and outreach focused on addressing community health needs
  • addressing digital health literacy skills development
  • increasing the understanding and importance of participation in clinical trials, including the All of Us Research Program

Creative approaches to meeting the health literacy needs through community engagement are encouraged.  Consider focusing on any topics that support the aims of NIH All of Us Research Program, such as how biology, environment or lifestyle influence health.

The period of performance for these awards is: May 1, 2019 – April 30, 2020. Please note: awarded projects may request an extension through December 2020 to complete activities.

Priority for awards will be given to public libraries, or to organizations with an established public library partner carrying a significant role in the project.

Eligible applicants must be from institutions that are members of the NNLM PNR; if you don’t have a membership, membership is free and open to institutions interested in improving equitable access to health information.  To apply for membership, submit an online membership application.  NNLM PNR members who have not previously received NNLM funding or have only received funding once before are encouraged to apply.

Interested in applying? Please note the following deadlines:

  • Letter of Intent providing a brief description of the proposed project, must be submitted no later than Wednesday, September 11, 2019. Please send your Letter of Intent to: and include Community Engagement Award in the subject line.
  • Submission deadline for your completed application is Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 3:00 Pacific Time (late submissions will not be accepted). Please send your completed application to and include Community Engagement Award in the subject line.

For more information about this award and for tips on writing your proposal check out our Proposal Writing Toolkit. There you’ll find helpful suggestions for how to include All of Us awareness in your project proposal, guidelines for submitting a letter of intent and step by step tutorials on how to complete your project application.

Questions? Please drop us a line: We welcome all questions and input. We look forward to funding your good ideas!

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Kindling Health Topics through Kindles

Thu, 2019-08-15 11:14

Today’s guest post is from one of the NNLM PNR Mini Outreach awardees. Pam Thompson, Branch Manager of the Calispel Valley Library, in Cusick, Washington, reports about their project where Kindles were purchased and loaded with books and information on relevant health topics to their community.

Our Mini Outreach award was entitled; Health Topics on Kindles. We purchased three Kindles, with pre-loaded titles each one featuring a different topic.  Fruits and Vegetables and Alzheimer’s disease and titles from the NNLM Book Club were the three subjects we chose.

To get the word out about the availability of these Kindles, we planned two programs, one on site at the library and one off site. We also had articles in the paper and a feature on our web page and Facebook. The library displayed flyers at all of the branches, as well as the local post offices, hospital and medical clinic.

On May 1, 2019 we had our onsite library program. Health Day at the Library was staffed by two library staff members and a staff member from the SNAP – Ed, a nutrition awareness service. We had several stations set up for patrons to circulate. A Virtual Reality machine on loan from the State Library was loaded with a program on the human body and was put in use by the participants. The SNAP-ED staff brought healthy snacks and also led people in chair yoga exercises. Our 3D machine was on display, demonstrating its use. We also had a digital microscope hooked up to a laptop and people could experiment with this. We handed out book bags and brochures and exhibited the use of the Kindles. One benefit of the program was a new collaboration with SNAP-ED and we were able to continue our partnership in a later program we had in the spring. We had over 20 visitors which is about 10 percent of the town’s population.

The second program, on May 7th was a visit to the local food bank. Our partner was the Senior Citizen Specialist from our local Rural Resources agency. We had tables set up outside the building of the food bank and had our program a half hour before the food bank officially opened. This was in order that people could peruse the information and talk to us without the distraction of trying to get their food supplies at the same time. Book bags, brochures and information about health coverage was handed out, the Kindles were exhibited, and I talked about the program, the grant, and resources available through our library. Our partner had a great deal of information about health programs and resources available through Rural Resources. Literally every person that visited the food bank that day also visited out table.

The Rural Resources specialist and I made plans to continue this outreach program several times a year. Moreover, we collaborated on a program that is taking place this summer at the library, a Tai JI Quan class for balance, targeting senior citizens and those who have problems with mobility.

My recommendations for anyone who would be interested in having health topics available on Kindles is to be sure you are in an area where there is interest in having E-readers. Also to consider is how to display the Kindles. This means not only the packaging, but also where you are going to house them in the library. Since the Kindles are expensive, it is not something that can be far from the watchful eye of a staff member.

One idea is to make an empty dummy of the Kindle, with bright colors and shelve it along with other books on the subject. When patrons bring up the dummy, we would then be able to procure the actual Kindle for check out. So far our circulation of the Kindles has only reached eleven check outs, but we expect that to increase as we move the devices for circulation among our other branches and experiment with displaying it with the books as previously described.

Overall the Health Topics on Kindles grant has been a great experience. It has made opportunities available to have health programs in the library and off site. It has brought us valuable partners in the community with common goals and has furthered one of our district’s missions, to promote health communities. With a little bit of tweaking, the use of the Kindles will gain traction and I’m grateful to the National Network of Libraries of Medicine for making this project possible.

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NNLM Announces a New Online, On Demand, Training Opportunity: MedlinePlus for Public Librarians

Tue, 2019-08-06 01:00

MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health web resource for the public on all things health and medical related. Need information on a disease or condition? A drug, herb or supplement? A medical or diagnostic test? A healthy recipe? Health information in another language? MedlinePlus has you and your library patrons covered. Produced by the National Library of Medicine and written for the general public, MedlinePlus offers trusted, current and ad-free health information, anytime, anywhere, for free.

The MedlinePlus for Public Librarians’ class is a free, one-hour interactive tutorial that helps you deep-mine the depth and breadth of information found on this key resource so you can provide your patrons with solid health and medical information. The class is eligible for the Consumer Health Information Specialization (link is external) and approved for 1 continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association.  Upon concluding the tutorial, you may print a certificate of completion. And, because this tutorial is on demand, it’s available 24/7 – just like Medlineplus!

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Hello from Emily Hamstra: New Outreach Coordinator

Mon, 2019-08-05 18:44

photo of Emily HamstraHello! I’m Emily Hamstra, the new Outreach Coordinator for the Pacific Northwest Region. I grew up in Michigan, and currently live in Seattle.

I began my career at the University of Michigan Library, where I was an instruction librarian and the subject librarian for Kinesiology. Since moving to Seattle in 2016, I’ve worked at the Seattle Public Library and ProQuest. I’m the past-chair of the Reference and User Services Association’s Collection Development and Evaluation Section (RUSA-CODES).

When I’m not at work, I enjoy reading, gardening, and walking my dog. I’m learning the ins and outs of baking sourdough bread.

I’m excited to be here, and I’m looking forward to working with you all!

Email: | Phone: 206-543-5112

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Explore National Immunization Awareness Month with the NNLM Reading Club

Mon, 2019-08-05 06:00

August is National Immunization Awareness Month, a National Health Observance which provides a key opportunity to highlight the importance of getting recommended vaccines at all ages.

The Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention reminds us that every year children and adults become seriously ill and are hospitalized because of diseases that vaccines can help prevent, like whooping cough, cancers caused by HPV and pneumonia. This year’s measles outbreaks are a key reminder of how quickly diseases can spread when people aren’t vaccinated.

The NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network is pleased to announce its three book selections in support of National Immunization Awareness Month:

                             Vaccines Did Not Cause Rachel’s Autism by Peter Hotez

                             The Vaccine Race by Meredith Wadman

                             On Immunity by Eula Bliss

To learn more about each of these titles and to download book discussion guides, promotional materials and corresponding vaccine and immunization information, or to apply for a free NNLM Reading Club Book kit, visit the NNLM Reading Club.

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Connecting with PNW at the Libraries are Partners in Health Seminar in Bethesda, MD

Thu, 2019-07-25 06:30

Today’s post is from Sara Cobb, Wellness Director at the Nampa Public Library in Nampa, ID. Sara was one of six public library staff to attend the “Libraries are Partners in Health” seminar held on the NIH campus in Bethesda. MD earlier this summer. This post gives the perspective of an attendee and partners well with the posting by All of Us Coordinator,  Michele Spatz.

The National Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda, Maryland is beautiful and I really enjoyed the wonderful opportunity I had to attend the Libraries are Partners in Health: an NNLM Consumer Health Seminar there on Friday, June 21, 2019. It was a pleasure to meet several other library workers from the NNLM Pacific Northwest Region in our sharing session and get to know them each a bit. I learned about the health programming and services they are currently running and about the ideas they have for future programs and services.  Sharing with them gave me some fresh ideas for how to approach, develop and promote health programming and information access in my library.

group photo of librarians from PNR who attended the Seminar

Pacific Northwest Region attendees of the Libraries are Partners in Health seminar

I’m much more familiar with NLM and NNLM and the resources they have to offer public libraries, and I better understand the goals of the All of Us Community Engagement Network after attending this seminar.  I really enjoyed the tour of the National Library of Medicine facility and was amazed at amount and variety of holdings that they house. This firsthand knowledge will enable me to provide better insight to my colleagues on what resources we have access to through NLM.

As I take on a new role with my library’s Be Well Nampa project and assist in the coordination of local healthcare partnerships, the information I gathered at this seminar will help me to feel more confident and supported as we move forward with our goals to increase access to current medical information and services for our customers.

I haven’t had the chance yet to implement all I learned at the seminar, but I have shared a bit with a few of my library staff about the experience. I plan to be in touch with the folks I met from PNW shortly to continue to exchange information and ideas. I’m also looking forward to receiving the programs-in-a-box that we helped develop for NNLM Community Engagement Center during our afternoon brainstorming session, so that I can use them to help implement exciting health programs at my library.

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Consumer Health Minute: NNLM Resource Picks

Mon, 2019-07-22 10:00

Did you know that the National Library of Medicine has over 250 products and services? Most of them are not ones your patrons would use but it is amazing to think that this NIH institute has such a large number to offer a wide variety of users. How many have you heard of or used? Would you like to learn more about them?

The webinar series, NNLM Resource Picks is a webinar series that features National Library of Medicine (NLM) resources with experts presenting. It’s a great way to learn more about NLM resources and so you can be more confident and better utilize them in your work. NLM resources featured in the past have included:

During the hour session, attendees not only learn more in-depth information about the resources but have a unique opportunity to ask their questions to the presenter and others who may have some knowledge of the resource and can add their experience and knowledge of the resource as well. Attendees can earn 1 Medical Library Association (MLA) CE and some sessions could be justified to apply towards the Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS).

Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC): Disaster Health Literature is the resource to be featured on the next NNLM Resource Picks. During a disaster, decisions are made quickly, based on the information available. This session will provide a brief overview of the essential resources needed to provide health-related information services for supporting disaster preparedness, response, and recovery workforce.

DIMRC home webpage

When: Wednesday, July 31 at 11:00 a.m. Alaska | 12:00 p.m. PT | 1:00 p.m. MT

Learn more and register

Can’t make the live session? Not to worry, all sessions are recorded and linked on the NNLM Resource Picks web page and the MLA CE credit is still good up to six months from the live session.

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Data Flash: New RDM Moodle Course for Librarians!!!

Fri, 2019-07-19 16:51

An Upcoming Online Course Opportunity for Librarians Interested in Research Data Management! There is no application deadline as enrollment will be limited to the first 100 who register!

 Course Title: Biomedical and Health Research Data Management for Librarians

An asynchronous online National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) Moodle course that will take place from September 9 – November 8, 2019.

Description: The course provides basic knowledge and skills for librarians interested in helping patrons manage their research data. Attending this course will improve your ability to initiate or extend research data management services at your institution. There are eight self-paced modules and students may customize their experience by completing the modules of most interest and use to them.

The course topics include:

  • An overview of research data management
  • Choosing appropriate metadata descriptors or taxonomies for a dataset
  • Addressing privacy and security issues with data, and
  • Creating data management plans

CE Credits

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be eligible to claim up to 32 continuing education credits from the Medical Library Association (MLA). Credit will be dependent on the number of modules completed. To receive credit, components must be submitted by November 8.

What does it cost?
There is no charge for participating in this course.

For more information and to Register for this course go to the Biomedical and Health Research Data Management for Librarians course page

Questions about the course?
Please contact


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Announcing Additional PNR Stops for the NIH All of Us Journey

Thu, 2019-07-18 15:35


Additional opportunities to “check out” the NIH All of Us Journey as it travels through the Pacific Northwest were just announced. The All of Us Journey Exhibit and the All of Us Mobile Education and Enrollment Center visit communities nationwide to raise awareness about the All of Us Research Program. Both exhibits feature hands-on activities for visitors to learn about research, precision medicine, and the opportunity to enroll in All of Us. The Journey will be visiting the following locations throughout the Pacific Northwest:

WSU Health Sciences Spokane Campus, 412 E Spokane Falls Blvd., Spokane, WA 99202
(Corner of Spokane Falls Blvd. and Front Avenue). Dates: Tuesday, July 23 – Friday, July 26, 2019. Hours: 10:00am – 4:00pm

International Market Plaza, 5800 NE Fourth Plain Blvd, Vancouver, WA 98661. Dates: Tuesday, July 30 – Friday, August 2, 2019. Hours: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Sunrise Center – Rockwood Community Development Center, 18901 E Burnside Street, Gresham, OR 97233. Dates: Monday, August 5 – Friday, August 9, 2019. Hours: Noon – 6:00pm

National Alliance for Hispanic Health & Oregon State University, Memorial Union Brick Mall, 1500 SW Jefferson St., Corvallis, OR 97331. Dates: Monday, August 19 – Friday, August 23, 2019. Hours: 9:00am – 4:00pm

I hope you’ll take advantage of this unique way to learn more about the NIH All of Us Research Program by stopping by and “checking it out” when it’s in your area!

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Langlois Village Healthy Initiative

Thu, 2019-07-18 09:00

Today’s guest post is from Karen Schaefer, Director of Langlois Public Library in Oregon.  Langlois Public Library became a network member a little over a year ago when Karen learned about NNLM and began attending our classes. Her library applied for the Technology & Community award.  In this post, Karen shares how the library used the funding to start a health station and update its health collection.

What does a small town librarian do for fun?  She writes a cool grant (and gets it) to start a health station and update the health collection of the public library.  I first started working with the Pacific Northwest Region of NNLM, after I answered an announcement from my State Library. It was regarding a national program between public libraries and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. They were looking for librarians to apply for an opportunity to bring health in to your library. I was accepted into the program and a year later wrote this grant for my library.

The library is in a small town (village really), and tends to have a higher number of older people coming in (just don’t tell them they are ‘older’). Now, I don’t know if you know when this happened, if it did to you too, but it happened overnight to me. Bam, it was the day after my 40th birthday, no kidding. The previous night I could read the menu just fine, ordering my birthday dinner and all. The next morning I couldn’t have seen the items on a menu if you were holding it from the table next to me. Then I got it – reading glasses are your new best friend!

The new Health Station is a best friend to our patrons who need a boost from the regular equipment in our 4 public computers.  Yes, I said 4 – we are very small. The health station is located in a nice quiet corner, nestled actually IN the “Health” section of the collection.  An over-sized monitor with special lighting and an ergonomically designed keyboard with large print keys, also with special lighting that comes up from the bottom – what more could you ask for – except a special mouse for those people with stiff, sore, or any kind of hands that need an easier mouse to hold on to.

Our 4 public computers already have MedlinePlus on them, but this computer has additional links of some of the more popular health sites like USDA and NIH, with its 27 different health sites and centers affiliated with it. Once I went through even the ‘beginner’ health and library classes, I quickly realized if my patrons were getting all of their health info from the internet, I wanted the information to also be as accurate as possible.  Then the collection was next. I had already learned from one of my class assignments, that I had a very outdated health section.  I remember saying to my web-mates and the instructor, that it was “pathetic”.  I had already been the director for 4 years and the only health items I had added to the collection were about Lyme Disease. I had several patrons with it and I wanted them to have books and DVDs they could bring home. But what about diabetes, cancer, eating disorders, or stress disorders like panic attacks and depression!?

They are all available now, as well as board games, cards, and kits. The USDA has a program called Now the library has a kit and game to teach good healthy eating to children and their caregivers. Do you want to learn how to talk with your teenager better – about ‘their’ issues – checkout some of the junior and young adult books. Do you want to know how to deal with your own health issue – for me it is stress induced emotional eating right now. I went beyond the usual scary suspects  – cancer, heart, diabetes, lung disease, and Alzheimer’s and I took it further than just physical – to emotional, family, and community health. All of these are important to a healthier you and a healthier community.

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PNW Rocks the Library are Partners in Health Seminar in Bethesda, MD

Mon, 2019-07-15 21:00
group photo of librarians from PNR who attended the Seminar

Attending the Libraries are Partners in Health seminar were: (in photo from left to right, back to front: Michele Spatz, NNLM PNR All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator; Katja Wolfe, MPH, Assistant Director, Soldotna Public Library, Soldotna, AK; Sara Cobb, Wellness Director, Nampa Public Library, Nampa, ID; Kathy Robins, Systems Administrator, Billings Public Library, Billings, MT; Amy Hille, Assistant Librarian, East Adams Library District, Ritzville, WA; Cheryl Martin, Library Services Specialist, North Olympic Library System, Port Angeles, WA; and Toan Lam-Sullivan, Chinese Regional Librarian, Holgate, Midland and Woodstock Libraries, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR.

Six librarians from the Pacific Northwest attended the recent Libraries are Partners in Health: an NNLM Consumer Health Seminar on the National Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda, Maryland. The NNLM Pacific Northwest Region had broad representation at the seminar with at least one public library partner from each of the five states it serves.

During the seminar, information was shared on NNLM’s partnership with the NIH All of Us Research Program as well as the NNLM Community Engagement Center, its goals and the support it provides to public libraries. A regional sharing session among PNR participants ensued where each individual shared their library’s current approach to providing health information services and programs to their community along with their future hopes and goals for doing so. It was a wonderful opportunity to share ideas, information and resources in support of each other’s efforts. While on campus, participants enjoyed a quick tour of the National Library of Medicine.

An afternoon session was held in which program-in-a-box ideas in support of a National Health Observance (NHO) were brainstormed. Participants chose the NHO they wanted to focus on and, in doing so, had an opportunity to interact with library staff from across the United States. The NNLM Community Engagement Center plans to build out the program-in-a-box ideas shared at the seminar so interested library staff can offer them to their communities.

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Think Before You Ink

Mon, 2019-07-15 07:43

tattoo being createdJuly 17 is National Tattoo Day which celebrates the rich history of tattoos as well as the artists. Tattoos which were once more commonly associated with sailors and rock stars but rarely found among physicians and teachers. Now days, it is rarer to find someone who doesn’t sport a tattoo or who hasn’t considered getting one. According to a 2015 Harris Poll, about 3 of 10 people have a tattoo and those that do usually have more than one.

Tattoos can be a form of self-expression, cultural reasons, a way to preserve a memory or experience, while others may do it on a dare. No matter the reason, some thought should go into the decision. Facts to consider include the reason why, long term factors, but also health considerations.

No matter how you feel about tattoos, they do involve health risks such as:

  • Allergic reactions
  • Keloids, a type of scar that forms during healing
  • Infections, such as hepatitis

The FDA provides 7 questions to consider to decide if tattoos are right for  you:

  1. Should I be concerned about non-sterile needles or the ink itself?
  2. What does the FDA know about inks?
  3. What about do-it-yourself tattoo inks and kits?
  4. What kinds of reactions have been seen with tattoos?
  5. If I get a tattoo and develop an infection or other reaction, what should I do?
  6. What about later on? Could other problems occur?
  7. What’s the bottom line?

Check the FDA web page for answers to those questions but also know that MedlinePlus provides information from a number of authoritative resources to consider regarding the health and safety of tattooing before heading to the parlor.

In addition, learn more about the history of tattoos from the Smithsonian Institute.

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Coming Soon to a Town Near You: The All of Us Journey!

Thu, 2019-07-11 11:39

the outside of the Journey Bus

The All of Us Journey Exhibit and the All of Us Mobile Education and Enrollment Center visit communities nationwide to raise awareness about the All of Us Research Program. Both exhibits feature hands-on activities for visitors to learn about research, precision medicine, and the opportunity to enroll in All of Us. The American Association on Health and Disability & the University of Montana Rural Institute teamed up to host the All of Us Journey this summer at RimRock Mall in Billings, MT, from July 9 – 12, 2019.

Upcoming stops in the Pacific Northwest this summer include:

  • The team of the American Association on Health and Disability & the University of Montana Rural Institute hosting the Journey at Caras Park, 123 Carousel Drive Missoula, MT 59802. Dates: Tuesday, July 16- Friday, July 19, 2019.
  • The partnership of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health & Oregon State University (OSU) hosting the Journey on the OSU Campus at 1500 SW Jefferson St., Corvallis, OR 97331. Dates: Monday, August 19 – Friday, August 23, 2019.

For specific times the Journey will be open at these locations and to find future stops, visit the All of Us Journey.

For more information about the All of Us Research Program, please visit Join All of Us.

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The NNLM Reading Club Recognizes the Americans with Disabilities Act

Tue, 2019-07-09 14:46



Book Jacket Covers for July

On July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act, which prohibits discrimination in employment, transportation, public accommodations, commercial facilities, telecommunications, and state and local government services.

The act paved the way for increased intersection in society for people with disabilities, whether seen or unseen, and fostered access to places and services, which improved the quality of life for all of us.

Celebrate this anniversary by selecting one of the NNLM Reading Club books for your library. Download discussion questions, promotional materials, and corresponding health information, or apply for a free NNLM Reading Club Book kit.



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