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The Pieces of Systematic Review with Margaret Foster

Hosted by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region (NNLM SCR), please consider the following upcoming training series!

The Pieces of Systematic Review with Margaret Foster
Guest Speaker: Margaret J. Foster, MLIS, MPH
Date: 1st Thursday of every month from February – July 2017
Next Session: March 2nd
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am CT / 9:00am – 10:00am MT
Social Media Hashtag: #piecesQA

Systematic reviews are well-documented as contributing to evidence-based healthcare by, in part, revealing gaps in the literature or illustrating the effectiveness of health interventions. They are common practice, but they can often be fraught with issues in how they’re conducted. Pieces is a monthly, interactive web conference to address some of these issues for a wide range of audiences, whether it’s health science librarians or their constituents.

Series Dates: Each webinar will be an hour long at 10am CT on the first Thursday of every month beginning in February 2017 and ending in July 2017. Please mark the following dates on your calendar:

  • February 2, 2017 – How do you determine if a research question is right for a systematic review? Note: session has passed. Watch the recording on YouTube.
  • March 2, 2017 – What searches beyond the typical databases should be done?
  • April 6, 2017 – What happens after the search?
  • May 4, 2017 – What free software is useful for conducting review?
  • June 1, 2017 – How can a librarian support other types of reviews (scoping, integrative, rapid)?
  • July 6, 2017 – What are the new developments in review methods?

Social Media: These sessions will be interactive, with various prompts presented during the presentation as well as on social media. Use the hashtag #piecesQA for discussion!

Speaker Bio: Margaret Foster is an Associate Professor at Texas A&M University and serves as the Systematic Reviews Coordinator at the Medical Sciences Library with a joint position at the School of Public Health and the College of Medicine of the Texas A&M University Health Sciences Center.  Her work with systematic reviews began more than a decade ago while completing her Masters of Public Health.  In her current position, she provides consultations for researchers in medicine, public health, veterinary medicine, education, and other disciplines and has published 25 articles applying or describing systematic review methods and evidence based practices since 2009. In addition, she is the founder and convener of the Medical Library Association Systematic Review Special Interest Group and developed a popular continuing education course about systematic reviews which has trained over 550 librarians.

To Join the Meeting:

  1. Go to WebEx.
  2. Enter the session number: 628 313 634 and password: pieces
  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: 628 313 634 #
    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: pieces

For live captioning, please use http://livewrite-ncc.appspot.com/attend?event=citwebex

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

Discover NNLM Resource Guides

The mission of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public health by providing US health professionals with equal access to biomedical information, and improving the public’s access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health. In line with this, coordinators with NNLM promote programs and resources created by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other government agencies.

NNLM has developed many programs to promote the  wealth of biomedical and health information tools available through these agencies, but as a consumer, health professional, librarian, or public health worker, you may be wondering how you can find even more resources that are tailored to your specific needs. Fortunately, our coordinators have met this challenge in the creation of NNLM Resource Guides.

Guides serve as comprehensive online collections of resources and tools that are relevant to specific audiences or topics. Across the Network we have over 40 Guides on a wide range of topics from general consumer health to emergency preparedness, to evaluating health information on the internet.

Here are a few Guides created and maintained by coordinators in the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR):

  • Academic Libraries – for librarians, professionals, and students at the collegiate level
  • Consumer Health – resources on a variety of topics such as adult and teen health, educators, caregivers, multicultural and more
  • Disaster & Emergency Preparedness – including resources on developing an emergency response plan, and state contacts for disaster management
  • Health Outreach and Programming – learn how to integrate health information resources into your own programming
  • Health Professionals – resources for rural health, public health workers, minority health workers, and more
  • Hospital Libraries – resources for hospital librarians and health professionals
  • K-12 Resources – resources on a variety of topics for K-12 educators, administrators and nurses, including environmental health and genetics
  • Multicultural Resources – topics surrounding immigrant, refugee and other multi-cultural populations including multi-lingual resources and minority health
  • Free Materials – a guide to finding free materials online from reputable government and non-government agencies
  • Proposal Writing – a tool for planning, evaluating and writing your grants and proposals

Looking for more? Contact NNLM MAR for consultations and to learn about upcoming opportunities for training, or check out other Regions to find the rest of our online Resource Guides.

Insider’s Guide to Accessing NLM Data: EDirect for PubMed

Beginning February 21, 2017, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) will present the three-part webinar series, Insider’s Guide to Accessing NLM Data: EDirect for PubMed.

This series of workshops will introduce new users to the basics of using EDirect to access exactly the PubMed data you need, in the format you need. Over the course of three 90-minute sessions, students will learn how to use EDirect commands in a Unix environment to access PubMed, design custom output formats, create basic data pipelines to get data quickly and efficiently, and develop simple strategies for solving real-world PubMed data-gathering challenges. No prior Unix knowledge is required; novice users are welcome!

This series of classes involves hands-on demonstrations and exercises, and we encourage students to follow along. Before registering for these classes, we strongly recommend that you:

  • Watch the first Insider’s Guide class “Welcome to E-utilities for PubMed“, or be familiar with the basic concepts of APIs and E-utilities.
  • Be familiar with structured XML data (basic syntax, elements, attributes, etc.)
  • Have access to a Unix command-line environment on your computer (for more information, see the Installing EDirect page).
  • Install the EDirect software (for more information, see the Installing EDirect page).

Due to the nature of this class, registration will be limited to 50 students per offering.

Registration is currently open for the February/March 2017 series:

  • Part 1: Getting PubMed Data: Tuesday, February 21, 1-2:30 PM ET
  • Part 2: Extracting Data from XML: Tuesday, February 28, 1-2:30 PM ET
  • Part 3: Building Practical Solutions: Tuesday, March 7, 1-2:30 PM ET

Students are expected to attend Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 in a single series.

Details and Registration

HSLANJ 45th Anniversary, Full-day Symposium

The Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey (HSLANJ) presents a special full-day Symposium and Reception to celebrate its 45th anniversary! Featuring design anthropologist, Nancy Fried Foster and librarian and UX guru, Pete Coco. This event is offered with support from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR).

Using Ethnography and User Experience in Health Sciences Libraries
March 20, 2017
Symposium: 8 am – 5 pm
Reception: 5 – 7 pm
7 MLA CE Credits pending

Details and Registration

This CE event and reception is open to HSLANJ members and non-members.

Location:
Heldrich Hotel & Conference Center
10 Livingston Avenue
New Brunswick, New Jersey

Cost:
$120 symposium and reception
$25 reception only

Registration Deadline: Friday, March 3, 2017

Registration Closing Soon! Summit on Disaster Recovery for Delaware

The Disaster Research Center at the University of Delaware, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, and the Delaware Division of Libraries are sponsoring a summit at Dover Downs, Delaware.

Disaster Recovery for Delaware: Exploring Potential Partnerships Among Emergency Planners, First Responders, Librarians and Others

February 28, 2017, 8:30 am – 4 pm ET

Agenda and Registration

The intent of this state-wide event is to connect library staff with emergency planners to help communities bounce back more quickly following a natural or man-made disaster. The focus is on developing partnerships and strategies before an emergency happens. Emergency responders will speak on ways libraries can assist them in mitigation and preparedness, response and recovery. An education component will incorporate National Library of Medicine resources, focusing on health and disaster information, to support responders and the community; and library staff. We will explore what it means for a library to be a ‘second responder’ for their respective emergency planning and patron communities.

The summit will be of interest to emergency planners, first responders, librarians, and organizations involved with disaster planning, response, and/or recovery.

Registration will close on Monday, February 20th. For more information, contact Michelle Burda.

Multilingual Resources for Children’s Dental Health

From the Outreach and Special Populations Branch:

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. Children should learn the benefits of brushing, flossing, and regular dental checkups from an early age, to prevent cavities and dental problems in adulthood. The American Dental Association named February 2017 as National Children’s Dental Health Month, and the National Library of Medicine has multilingual information about children’s dental health available for free online.

  • Check MedlinePlus for a collection of reliable links related to Child Dental Health, and use the Medical Encyclopedia on MedlinePlus to find instructions on brushing your child’s teeth and preventing tooth decay in early childhood.  Various informational handouts in seven languages about child dental health can be downloaded on MedlinePlus.
  • Browse HealthReach for topics like dental care and oral hygiene to view and download patient information in over a dozen languages, including audio and video options for some records.  For instance, the brochure Healthy Teeth, Health Kids is available in 13 languages, with audio downloads in eight languages.  Use the split-screen view on HealthReach to view the document in English and a second language simultaneously.

New Moodle Class: Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles

The National Network of Librarians of Medicine (NNLM), Southeastern/Atlantic (SEA) and Mid-Continental Region (MCR) Regions invites you to this 9 week, self-paced, asynchronous course to help health sciences librarians understand the issues of big data in clinical outcomes and what roles health sciences librarians can take on in this service area.

Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles

February 27 – April 28, 2017

Description: The Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles course will help health sciences librarians understand the issues of big data in clinical outcomes and what roles health sciences librarians can take on in this service area. This course is taught in Moodle and is a semi-self-paced course (“semi” meaning there will be completion deadlines). Course content comes from information shared by the presenters at the “Using Data to Improve Clinical Patient Outcomes” forum, top picks from the NNLM MCR and PSR Data Curation/Management Journal Club articles, and completion of the course “Big Data Fundamentals” from the Big Data University.

Objectives: Students who successfully complete the course will:

  • Explain the role that big data plays in clinical patient outcomes.
  • Illustrate the fundamentals of big data from a systems perspective.
  • Articulate their views/options on the role health sciences sector librarians are to support big data initiatives. (Students are encouraged to publish their views on one of the NNLM MCR or SEA publications as part of a dialog with the wider health sciences librarian community engaging in this topic).

Students who sign up for this course agree to:

  • Commit to spend the full 9 contact hours learning about and articulating their views on the course topic (this includes the 1.5 contact hours from the Big Data University’s course).
  • Complete the course requirements by the deadline establish in each course offering.
  • Provide course feedback (strengths/weaknesses) on the MLA Online Course Evaluation form.

This is a Medical Library Association approved course that will earn students 9 contact hours.

Details and Registration

Please note that our new class registration system requires obtaining a free NNLM account prior to registration. Learn how to register for classes from the NNLM Training Office.

This class is limited to the first 30 registrants. Afterwards we will take a wait list.

Please contact John Bramble at john.bramble@utah.edu or Tony Nguyen at ttnguyen@hshsl.umaryland.edu with questions.

Upcoming Classes for February

A new month means a new list of training opportunities from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine! Here are a few of our offerings in February. Check out our training schedule to see other classes available to the Middle Atlantic Region.

Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library
Self-paced, online course via Moodle, Sponsored by SEA
February 6 – March 13, 2017
Details and Registration

PubMed for Librarians: Building and Refining Your Search
Webinar with hands-on exercises, sponsored by NTO
February 8, 2017, 1:00-2:30 pm ET
Details and Registration

NNLM Quarterly Journal Club
Quarterly collaborative webinar series
February 9, 2017, 2:00-3:00 pm ET
Details and Registration

PubMed and the Evidence-Based Universe
In-person at Lincoln University, PA, sponsored by MAR
February 14, 2017, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm ET
Details and Registration

5 Healthcare Trends to Watch in 2017
Webinar, sponsored by MCR
February 15, 2017, 12:00-1:00 pm ET
Details and Registration

Teaching Topics: Classroom Assessment on the Fly
Webinar, sponsored by NTO
February 15, 2017, 1:00-2:00 pm ET
Details and Registration

Midday at the Oasis: Good Design for Data Visualization
Webinar, sponsored by PSR
February 15, 2017, 4:00-5:00 pm ET
Details and Registration

PubMed for Librarians: Using Evidence-Based Search Features
Webinar with hands-on exercises, sponsored by NTO
February 16, 2017, 1:00-2:30 pm ET
Details and Registration

MedlinePlus vs. PubMed February 2017
Webinar, sponsored by GMR
February 17, 2017, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm ET
Details and Registration

Food for Thought: Exploring Nutrition Information Resources
Webinar, sponsored by GMR
February 21, 2017, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm ET
Details and Registration

Resources for K-12 Health & Science Education
Webinar, Sponsored by MCR
February 22, 2017, 3:00-4:00 pm ET
Details and Registration

PubMed for Librarians: Customization with My NCBI
Webinar with hands-on exercises, sponsored by NTO
February 23, 2017, 1:00-2:30 pm ET
Details and Registration

Health Disparities: You know there’s a need, now prove it!
Webinar, sponsored by MAR
February 24, 2017, 12:00-1:00 pm ET
Details and Registration

Upcoming Class: Discovering TOXNET

From the National Training Office (NTO):

Anything on this list below spark questions? If so, join the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Training Office (NTO) for Discovering TOXNET to learn how to use TOXNET to find answers to questions about:

  • Dietary Supplements
  • Environmental Justice
  • Hazards of Arts and Crafts Materials
  • Lead and Human Health
  • Outdoor Air
  • Pesticide Exposure
  • Water Pollution
  • Pesticides Used for Mosquito Control
  • Drugs and chemicals to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed
  • Superfund Sites (Remember Love Canal?)
  • Environmental releases of over 600 toxic chemicals by U.S. industrial facilities
  • Health effects of chemicals in more than 10,000 common household products
  • Dose-response assessment for over 500 chemicals
  • Over 400,000 chemicals

Learn about TOXNET and other National Library of Medicine (NLM) environmental health databases with a self-paced, online course. TOXNET is a web-based suite of databases covering hazardous chemicals, environmental health, toxic releases, chemical nomenclature, poisoning, risk assessment, regulations plus occupational safety and health.

This is a 4 week, self-paced course, from March 1 through March 31, 2017.

THINGS TO KNOW:

  • Discovering TOXNET is taught online in thirteen independent modules.
  • You can pick and choose the modules you want to complete and receive CE credit for what you complete.
  • Modules cover TOXLINE, ChemIDplus, TRI, TOXMAP, Hazardous Substances Data Bank, IRIS, Haz-Map, Household Products Database, LactMed, WISER, CHEMM, REMM, Drug Information Portal and an introductory module.
  • Students work on their own over a period of 4 weeks.
  • Instructors are available to answer questions via email and provide assistance throughout the course.
  • MLA Continuing Education credit is available for the modules you complete, for a total of 12 CE credits.
  • The course is offered through Moodle and includes guided interactive online tutorials, videos, and discovery exercises.

Details and Registration : Look for the Login button to start the registration process

NLM and Government Resources for Locating Health Services and Organizations

From the Outreach and Special Populations Branch:

Do you often need help finding local health services?  The National Library of Medicine (NLM) offers a curated list of links to online directories, to help you locate libraries, health professionals, services, and facilities close to you. At MedlinePlus, you can browse a list of directories organized under topics including:

  • Libraries
  • Doctors and Dentists – General
  • Hospitals and Clinics – General
  • Doctors and Dentists – Specialists
  • Other Healthcare Providers
  • Hospitals and Clinics – Specialized
  • Other Healthcare Facilities and Services

If you need to locate an organization providing information on a specific health topic, try browsing the organizations list on MedlinePlus, either organized by health topic or listed alphabetically by name.

Other government resources that can help you locate health services nearby include:

  • HealthFinder.gov – This site from the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) provides links to websites to help you find local doctors, dentists, other healthcare providers, health centers, home healthcare services, health organizations, and public libraries.
  • Eldercare Locator – This tool from the Administration on Aging (AoA) allows you to search by zip code, city, or state for health services to assist older adults and their families.  You can also search by topic for local services, such as adult day programs, Alzheimer’s disease services, behavioral health services, caregiver services, and more.