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NNLM Resource Picks: Community Health Maps

NNLM Resource Picks is a collaborative, bimonthly, webcast series featuring the National Library of Medicine resources to increase awareness of these resources as well as encourage their integration by libraries and other organizations to more fully serve their colleagues and communities. Join NNLM for the next session of Resource Picks on May 10! Participants are eligible for 1 MLA CE.

Mapping Tools for Outreach and Public Health
May 10, 3:00-4:00 PM ET
Details and Registration

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Community Health Maps (CHM) blog seeks to improve access to accurate, high quality health information, especially by underserved and special populations. By conveying potential uses of mapping to community groups unfamiliar with the technology and/or too busy to pursue it and by supporting those already engaged in mapping, the program enhances community mapping efforts that support access to health information.

News from the HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative: Deadline to Participate is May 5

From the Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey (HSLANJ):

The HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative (GLI) warmly invites medical librarians in the NNLM/MAR, SEA, and NER to participate in the Spring Offer!

  • We have negotiated with 14 academic publishers
  • Group pricing allows you to save 15-70% off regular pricing
  • Choose, a la carte style, from more than 700 quality, digital resources
  • The deadline to participate is about two weeks away—on Friday, May 5
  • Check the HSLANJ website, under “News” for articles that highlight new resources available via the Spring Offer

Click here to access the Spring 2017 Offer

Did you know? The HSLANJ GLI is celebrating its 15th year (2002-2017) of leveraging the power of group pricing for the greater good of providing hospitals and medical facilities with the latest quality medical information, research, databases, and other resources.

For more information: Contact HSLANJ Executive Director and GLI Project Manager Robb Mackes: / 570-856-5952

Increasing Health Equity Webinar

From the Office of Minority Health:

Are you interested in learning more about addressing the social determinants of health? The Mid-Atlantic Regional Health Equity Council (RHEC) aims to inform and strengthen programs, practices, policies, and services that contribute to achieving better health for all within Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia by eliminating health disparities, addressing the determinants of health, and stimulating communities to empower themselves. In 2017, the RHEC will host a webinar showcasing how three states in the Mid-Atlantic Region are addressing the social determinants of health (SDOH). Upon completion of this webinar, participants will be able to accomplish the following:

  • Identify five social determinants that affect health
  • Identify three innovative practices that address health inequities outside of the typical healthcare setting
  • Identify and access resources that can be used to champion health equity efforts

April 25, 2017, 2:00-3:00 PM ET
Speaker details and Registration

Resources for IBS Awareness Month

April is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Awareness month. IBS is fairly common, though there are no specific tests for it, nor is there an exact cause. If you are looking to learn more about IBS, or promote information to help spread awareness, check out these resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other reputable agencies to get started today!

Follow #IBS and #IBSAwarenessMonth on social media for the most up-to-date news during the month of April. Follow @NNLMMAR on Twitter and Like our Facebook page for more health information news and awareness, including opportunities for training and funding.

Resources for Diverse Populations for Alcohol Awareness Month

From the Specialized Information Services (SIS) Outreach and Special Populations branch:

Many Americans drink occasionally, and moderate drinking is probably safe for many people.  However, some people should not drink at all, including alcoholics, children, pregnant women, people taking certain medicines, and people with certain medical conditions.  April is Alcohol Awareness Month, and health professionals can find a variety of free online resources from National Library of Medicine (NLM) to help diverse populations learn more about responsible alcohol consumption:

  • General Public – Find reliable resources about alcohol, alcoholism and alcohol abuse on MedlinePlus, including links to basic information, prevention and risk factors, statistics, journal articles, health check tools, information for specific populations (men, women, teens, seniors), and more.
  • Multilingual Populations – Find documents, audio, and video in multiple languages related to alcohol on HealthReach.  Also find links to resources in multiple languages on alcoholism at MedlinePlus.
  • Individuals with HIV/AIDS – AIDSource provides links to reliable resources on how drug and alcohol use can impact the health of individuals with HIV/AIDS.

NLM Webinar: Insider’s Guide to Accessing NLM Data: Welcome to E-utilities for PubMed

Want to do more with PubMed?
Want to extract just the PubMed data you need, in the format you want?
Dreaming of creating your own PubMed tool or interface, but don’t know where to start?

Join National Library of Medicine (NLM) staff on Tuesday, May 2 at 1pm EDT for a one-hour introductory webinar designed to teach you more powerful and flexible ways of accessing NLM data, starting with the Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) for PubMed and other NCBI databases. This presentation is part of the Insider’s Guide, a series aimed at librarians and other information specialists who have experience using PubMed via the traditional Web interface, but now want to dig deeper. This class will start with the very basics of APIs, before showing you how to get started using the E-utilities API to search and retrieve records from PubMed. The class will also showcase some specific tools and utilities that information specialists can use to work with E-utilities, helping to prepare you for subsequent Insider’s Guide classes. They will finish by looking at some practical examples of E-utilities in the real world, and hopefully inspire you to get out and put these lessons to use!

View the class page to register. Questions? Contact The Insider’s Guide.

Over Diagnosis – Why Too Many Lab Tests are Bad for Your Health

Join the South Central Region (SCR) for this upcoming webinar on Wednesday, April 12 at 12:00 PM ET.

Over diagnosis is an emerging concern among health care providers since it leads to unnecessary and potentially harmful over treatment. Over diagnosis occurs when people receive treatment for a disease or condition that won’t cause them symptoms or any eventual harm. It often develops from the widespread use of screening laboratory tests and from changing the laboratory threshold for disease states. This presentation focuses on the appropriate use and interpretation of screening laboratory tests, and those tests which should be questioned as medically necessary.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define over diagnosis and discuss its causes.
  2. Explain how over diagnosis can lead to patient harm.
  3. Describe how routine laboratory testing can contribute to over diagnosis.
  4. List common laboratory tests patients and doctors should question as medically necessary.

Speaker Bio: Janet Miles, MD is a pathologist with Propath LLC based in Dallas, Texas, and serves as the current Laboratory Medical Director for John Peter Smith Health Network in Fort Worth, Texas. She received her medical degree from the University of Missouri – Kansas City and completed residency and fellowship training at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Dr. Miles has 27 years of experience in the clinical laboratory field, and specializes in clinical laboratory administration, regulatory compliance, and quality management. She is board certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology and Neuropathology. She is a past recipient of the Kansas City Business Journal “Women Who Mean Business” and a fellow of the American College of Pathologists.

This webinar will be eligible for one hour of Medical Library Association (MLA) Continuing Education credit and will be archived for future viewing.

To Join the Meeting

  1. Go to WebEx.
  2. Enter the session number: 629 935 506 and password: webinar
  3. Please provide your name and email address.
  4. You may have to download and install a web add-on or run a temporary application depending on the browser you use.
  5. Select your audio connection preference:
    *Call in – Call: 1-877-668-4493 (US/Canada Toll-free)
    Enter access code: 629 935 506 #
    Enter the participant code on your screen and press #
    *Call using computer – Adjust settings and test the connection
  6. If you are using a mobile device, your access code is: webinar

View live captioning (link will open in a new browser window)

For any technical issues, please call: 817-735-2223.

For more information about this webinar, please visit the class details page.

Request for Information: NNLM Seeks To Understand Library Research/Data-Related Services

With the arrival of Patricia Flatley Brennan, R.N., Ph.D., as the new Director of the National Library of Medicine, the NNLM is thrilled to see her excitement, enthusiasm, and emphasis on the importance data plays and will play in biomedical discovery and delivery of healthcare. This means that if your library is supporting data-related research anywhere along the research lifecycle, the RML would like to know about it.

The NNLM is broadly defining research/data services librarians as those who provide a wide range of expertise in training, consultation, or information access support for researchers at any point along the research data lifecycle. Training might include teaching data visualization, metadata standards, or data related requirements from funders, such as NIH or NSF. Consultation services may include developing or maintaining a service framework to manage researcher’s data throughout the research lifecycle. It could include collaboration with researchers to find or create data, develop effective data management strategies, analyze or visualize data, or preserve/store data. Research/data services librarians might support biomedical big data or assist with access/training on specialty software packages for statistical, geospatial, or qualitative data analysis.

Each of the Regional Medical Libraries will reach out to their Network members over the next few weeks with a series of questions designed to help increase their understanding about how Network members support the research/data-related efforts at their institutions. This understanding will inform NNLM on the types of research/data-related services being provided by NNLM Network member institutions to their communities. Understanding who provides research/data-related services will improve communication with those experts and the NNLM.

This environmental scan seeks to understand a variety services, such as staffing, job titles/descriptions, terms used to promote services, content use (original vs links to content), etc.

Note to Library Directors – If you would like to make sure your research/data-related services librarian in involved in this scan, please contact your NNLM regional office.

Fill out the questionnaire

Twitter Chats for Minority Health Month

April is National Minority Health Month. This year the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) and the Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health (OMH) have organized some amazing online events to help spread awareness of health disparities, and open discussions about minority health issues. Not sure where to start when it comes to learning about and promoting Minority Health topics? Check out some of the resources below.

Tomorrow! FDA Office of Minority Health: The Importance of Clinical Trials for Latinos – Bilingual Twitter Chat
April 4, 2017, 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET
Follow @FDAOMH and #SaludTues

HHS/Office of Minority Health: Bridge 2 Health Twitter Town Hall
April 12, 2017, 1:00 – 2:30 PM ET
Follow at #Bridge2Health

NIMHD Twitter Chat: Understanding Social and Environmental Determinants to Bridge Health Equity
April 25, 2017 2:00 – 3:00 PM ET
Follow at #HealthEquityChat

Minority Health resources from reputable government agencies

EBLIP Conference – Apply for MAR Professional Development Funding!

Early Bird registration is now open for the 9th International Evidence Based Library & Information Practice Conference: Embedding and Embracing Evidence. If you are considering attending this event and/or registering for any of the pre-conference workshops, you should also consider applying for the NNLM MAR Professional Development Award! Funds can be used to cover the cost of registration and travel expenses.

June 18-21, 2017
Philadelphia, PA

Visit the conference website to see registration details, programming and information on accommodations and travel.

About the conference: “Applying the best available research evidence in addition to knowledge acquired from experience to library and information practice is the main tenet of EBLIP.  There is much to do in our ever-growing and changing field: decisions must be made, practices reviewed, processes and workflows examined, policies updated, and technology implemented.  For the past decade, increasing numbers of librarians and information professionals have been consulting the research literature in the fields of library and information science, and other fields such as marketing, business, management, and education, as well as conducting their own research studies, to inform their practices.

The 9th International Evidence Based Library and Information Practice conference (EBLIP9) aims to bring together librarians, researchers and practitioners to discuss evidence-based practice in libraries, present research, and share best practices.  The 2017 conference will consist of continuing education workshop activities and three days of keynotes, concurrent conference sessions, posters, and networking opportunities.”