NIHSeniorHealth.gov might look like a simple website to the more internet-savvy of us, but it’s the simplicity of this resource that helps older individuals navigate the site to find the quality health information in the unfamiliar digital age.
The homepage features categories frequently accessed by seniors, including bones and joints, memory and mental health, and vision and hearing. Videos are prominently featured on topics ranging from knee replacements to COPD. The highly customizable website – you can change text size and contrast – makes information not only easy to find, but easy to see with aging sight.
NIH Senior Health even offers training toolkits to help librarians and caretakers teach older adults learn to use the Internet and search for answers online.
The GMR has an abundance of NIHSeniorHealth.gov brochures squirreled away in our storage room, and since it’s National Healthy Aging Month, we thought we’d encourage our members to think about promoting this great resource to the elderly in your community. Please let us know if you’d like some “Wisdom for the Ages” brochures and we’ll be sure to send some along. You can email us at email@example.com.
In case you missed our GMR Update this week, the recording is available on YouTube, with key points annotated and linked below:
Submit questions for the next GMR Update – 2:45
Resource Library, NN/LM site visits – 3:29
New NLM Director – 5:30
Funding Opportunities: Awards – 6:52
Bobbi: Native and Tribal Health, Community Outreach, and Digital Divide Awards – 8:42
Jacqueline: Emergency Preparedness Month – 10:19
GMR Blog, NN/LM Website Reboot – 15:00
Upcoming Educational Opportunities – 17:25
- Writing Winning Award Applications
- Don’t Wait, Communicate about Disaster Preparedness
- A Seat at the Table: Working with Local Responders
- Disaster Health Information Sources: The Basics
- Ethical and Legal Aspects of Disaster Response
- Health and Disasters: Understanding the International Context
- BD2K Guide to the Fundamentals of Data Series
Call for Volunteers for RSNA Annual Meeting – 22:20
Member Question: Unaffiliated users? – 23:48
Member Question: Year 2 Professional Development awards? – 27:18
If you have any questions about any of the content covered in this update, please don’t hesitate to contact the GMR Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (319) 353 – 4479.
Hello, members! The GMR is currently offering eight different funding opportunities and are accepting applications for all awards.
Advisory groups have started reviewing the first group of applications that were submitted by the initial September 12th deadline (Emergency Preparedness Award, Express Outreach Award, Technology Improvement Award and Professional Development Award), but the GMR will continue to review subsequent submissions until all funding has been exhausted, so it’s not too late to apply! We have been receiving applications and still have funding left to distribute.
Advisory groups will begin reviewing initial applications for the Outreach Library Award on October 7th and the Native and Tribal Health Award, Community Outreach Award, and Digital Divide Award on October 14th. If you would like to have your application to receive first consideration, please complete and submit them by these deadlines.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions about these awards or the application process. You can reach us via email at email@example.com or give us a call at (319) 353-4479.
— Molly Olmstead
It’s that time again… we’ll be broadcasting our monthly update on Monday at 2:00pm CST.
I welcome your questions in advance, which our office will use to develop our presentation for Monday. (This means you, Marcia!) To submit questions in advance, please use our online form at: http://tinyurl.com/gmrupdate. The last time I’ll look at this will be Monday at 10:00am CST, so if you have questions after that time, please save them for the Q&A at the end of the session.
This is our last GMR Update using Adobe Connect! I know this will cause many tears to be shed among our members. (Yes, I am being sarcastic.) Beginning at our Update in October, we’ll be using WebEx software going forward.
Connect to the GMR Update here: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/gmrupdatesept/
Because the toll-free phone numbers have been hacked in the past, the NN/LM asks that we only display those once you’re ‘in’ the room. In other words, when you log into the web meeting using the URL, you’ll see the dial in information displayed. Make sense? If not, feel free to contact us with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 319-353-4479.
– Liz Kiscaden, Associate Director, NN/LM Greater Midwest Region
The GMR is now accepting applications for site sponsorship for the MLA Webinar “Demystifying R” on October 5th.
To apply to serve as a registered site for this webinar, please fill out the application available on our website – we’ll be able to confirm your registration very soon after receiving this application. Please return your application via email (email@example.com) by September 21st.
Demystifying R: An Introduction for Librarians
Date: Wednesday, October 5th, 1-2:30pm CST
Attendees will learn:
- what the R programming language is and some of its key features
- some key terminology and a basic understanding of how R works
- some uses for that R may be a good solution for your data needs, including data processing and management, visualization, and statistical analysis
- how R can be useful for working with research data, as well as with library data, including bibliometric data, library statistics, or budget data
- where to find free resources for learning R
More information about the webinar and presenter is available here.
Please don’t hesitate to contact the GMR Office (firstname.lastname@example.org, (319) 353 – 4479) if you have any questions about the application or site sponsorship.
Just a few weeks ago, I posted an article in the GMR blog highlighting the fact that September is National Preparedness Month. From the CDC, to the American Red Cross, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Ready.gov, and your local county (Cook County, IL; Johnson County, IA), city (Fargo, ND, Louisville, KY), university (University of Minnesota Duluth), or church (The United Methodist Church), being prepared for an emergency is a priority. Ready or not, the calendar page turned to September, and National Preparedness Month got underway.
Fear not, procrastinators! The NN/LM has developed a Collaborative Webinar Series, and first up is entitled: Don’t Wait, Communicate About Disaster Preparedness!
When: September 28, 2016 3-4pm ET / 2-3pm CT
To Register: https://nnlm.gov/ntc/classes/class_details.html?class_id=1057
Twice a year, America’s PrepareAthon brings together organizations and individuals to:
- learn what hazards are most likely to affect their communities
- take action to increase preparedness
- participate in community resilience planning
The next America’s PrepareAthon takes place on September 30—the final day of National Preparedness Month. The theme this year is Don’t Wait, Communicate: Make Your Emergency Plan Today.
The September 28 webinar will use themes from America’s PrepareAthon to demonstrate the role librarians play in disaster preparedness. Learn how to get your community ready for specific hazards, and find out what resources you have at your fingertips.
Presenter: Siobhan Champ-Blackwell, National Library of Medicine, Specialized Information Services Division, Disaster Information Management Research Center
Today the National Park Service celebrates its 100th anniversary, and as so many people have done over the past century, including the fictional Griswolds, my family of four took to the open road on a hot summer day traveling 2,000 miles from the Heartland of America to visit celestial mountains and lakes and forests out West. What did we find? Exactly that – mountains and lakes and forests. We also found so much more. As we paddled a kayak in the crystal clear Lake Crescent; hiked a 600-foot incline to view Glacier waterfalls; and strolled a misty beach hearing thunderous waves smack the Pacific coast, we discovered health – mental and physical.
However, I am reminded not to wait for a vacation to create peace of mind and strong bones and muscles. Physical activity should be incorporated into my daily life. When the Obama administration came into office, the First Lady made it her mission to fight childhood obesity. Let’s Move was Michelle Obama’s initiative to motivate children to eat well and exercise. The Get Active page has useful recommendations for the amount of beneficial activity and food intake for staying fit. The President, too, supported his wife’s program with his challenge to modify lifestyle behavior. View a list of suggested activities or take a fitness test at the President’s Challenge website.
The U.S. National Library of Medicine, too, has several resources to guide you to a healthier you. MedlinePlus – Exercise and Physical Fitness compiles facts, information and links to many useful sites such as Exercise Tips for Travelers at Go4Life from the National Institute on Aging and consumer health information for Joining a Gym from the Federal Trade Commission.
For more science-based information, look at HealthyPeople.gov. HHS developed this website as part of the Healthy People 2020 [PDF] initiative. It provides resources for the purpose of helping users implement programs and applications to improve the Nation’s Health by 2020. Now I will stop writing so you will stop reading and we all can go for a walk.
– Darlene Kaskie is the Technology and Communications Librarian at the Greater Midwest Region for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.
The Professional Development Award and the Emergency Preparedness Award are now available. The application deadline for all four of our current awards is September 12th, 2016. The GMR is currently accepting applications for four awards and training is available to help you apply. Bobbi Newman will lead two training sessions that are specifically tailored to our current awards.
Please Register for this class by filling out this form.
Writing Successful Award Applications
Friday, August 26, 11am CT
Thursday, September 1, 1pm CT
1. Go to: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/NewAwards16
2. At the login screen, choose “Enter as a Guest” and type in your name
3. Call-in information will be available in the room.
I spent far too many hours in my high school Chemistry class playing Bejeweled on my laptop (sorry Ms. Schultz!), so when I started reading up on NLM’s resources for K-12 students, I was immediately interested when I saw that iPhone and online games are included on this list.
Up until now, the closest thing I’ve played to a health sciences iPhone game is Amateur Surgeon 3, which lets you make surgical incisions with a pizza cutter, so I think it’s safe to say it has absolutely zero educational value. Thankfully, the NLM’s selection of iOS games covers a lot more bases when it comes to educational content.
There’s Bohr Thru, which is a Bejeweled-style matching game for junior and high school students with objectives to collect the correct subatomic particles to create the first 18 elements on the periodic table. Players are even challenged to build Bohr models during bonus rounds – something that was extremely challenging for me due to my previous life as a Chemistry class slacker. After completing a level, the loading page includes more information about the atoms and elements to read while you wait.
Now that’s more like it. This game successfully reminded me what subatomic particles are. (from itunes.apple.com)
For younger kids, there’s an online game called ToxMystery, where you accompany a cute cat named Toxie around a house to look for dangerous and hazardous chemicals. You’re even expected to identify the chemicals that can be found around the house – for instance, that Mercury can leak from a broken thermostat. The game teaches the students how to identify household toxins and gives them easy-to-understand information about why exactly they’re dangerous. It’s definitely an effective game for curious kiddos and cat lovers alike.
As a child I would have been super invested in the game just based on Toxie alone. (from oxmystery.nlm.nih.gov).
To learn more about what NLM can offer for K-12 students – from a much more reliable source than someone who just spent a good chunk of work time playing mobile games – plan to tune in to the joint GMR and SCR webinar about NLM K-12 resources.
Webinar Title: Education Connection: Connecting Health and Science in the Classroom
Date: Thursday, August 25, 2:00pm CST
To Join the Meeting:
- Go to: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/JointWebinarAug
- At the login screen, choose “Enter as a Guest” and type in your name
- Call-in information will be available in the room.
- Please use *6 to mute or un-mute your phone.
For a complete topic summary, presenter bio, and information about CE credit, check out this blog post from last week.
— Molly Olmstead (email@example.com) promises she won’t play so many iPhone games tomorrow.
As a native Minnesotan, I was determined to get up north to visit our resource libraries before winter. Like my fellow Minnesotans I have an emergency kit in my trunk, complete with a candle to melt snow, a shovel, and kitty litter in case I’m stuck in a ditch. I’d rather not have to put this to the test, though… and I have a bad habit of eating my emergency snacks out of my kit. So, last week, I hit the road to visit our two resource libraries in Minnesota, at the Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota.
At Mayo in Rochester, I met with the new director Anna Beth Morgan, who started her position in March right before a 10-inch snowfall! While there, I also met with Dawn Littleton and Lisa Baethke, who are investigating the possibility of outreach to the Native American population within the state. Lisa is the program coordinator for the Native C.I.R.C.L.E., a resource center providing cancer-related materials to healthcare providers and others involved in the education, care, and treatment of Native populations. Dawn Littleton is a librarian and supervisor of Public Services at Mayo – and a colleague from long ago when I worked for the Center for Patient Oriented Research.
Heading north from Rochester to Minneapolis, I visited the University of Minnesota’s Biomedical Library in Diehl Hall, which is hidden within a plaza off of Washington Avenue. There, I met with director Janice Jaguszewski and outreach librarian and Katherine Chew, and took a tour of the facility. I had the opportunity to take a peek at new furniture they’re trying out and took pictures of the display at the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine (https://hsl.lib.umn.edu/wangensteen).
These visits are an opportunity to meet our library directors face-to-face and gain an understanding of both their goals and the health information needs in the region. I’m soliciting feedback regarding everything from communication to funding, to create a stronger partnership with our resource libraries. I want to thank Anna Beth, Dawn, Lisa, Janice, and Katherine for sharing their ideas with me and educating me about their institutions and their regions.
-Liz Kiscaden (firstname.lastname@example.org)