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Science and Health Resources for Educators

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

From the NLM Outreach and Specific Populations Branch:

School is back in session, and Specialized Information Services for the National Library of Medicine provides a variety of educational resources for students of all ages.  Here are just a few examples:

  • K-12 Science and Health Education: Browse through a list of useful links to lesson plans, projects, and webpages on many different science/health topics for K-12 students.
  • Environmental Health Student Portal: Information and activities for middle school students on environmental health topics like air pollution, chemicals, climate change, and water pollution.  A section for teachers provides additional links to lesson plans.
  • GeneEd – Links to vetted genetic websites based on high school science curriculum.  A section with Teacher’s Resources provides a list of resources organized under various genetics topics, like bio-statistics, biotechnology, cell biology, and more.
  • ToxMystery – Interactive game for ages 7-11 on household chemical hazards, including a page with lesson plans for teachers.
  • ToxTown for Teachers: Lesson plans and links for educators to help them use the ToxTown page for teaching students about environmental health and toxic chemicals in everyday environments.

Upcoming Classes

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

Check out these NN/LM MAR classes that are coming up in the next few weeks!

Boost Box: Health Promotion through Health Observances in Your Community

When: Friday, September 16, 12-1PM ET

Health Promotion focuses on enabling communities to have the tools to improve their health. In this session learn about a variety of health and wellness tools that can be used to provide members of your community with strategies of how to maintain healthy lifestyles using health observances to create a culture of health awareness. Through the use of National Health Observances, community and faith-based agencies, health departments, libraries, schools and health care providers can help raise awareness about important health topics. Get ready for the 2017 calendar year now by learning about ready-to-use resources such as toolkits, slideshows, social media materials and more.

Participants will receive 1 MLA CE. Details and Registration

Are You Ready? Essential Disaster and Emergency Preparedness Health Information Resources for Keeping Your Loved Ones Safe

When: Monday, September 19, 2-3PM ET

This class covers NLM disaster health information and other emergency preparedness resources for community educators,family, friends and caregivers. Resources for special populations and those with special needs are highlighted. Audience: consumers, public and consumer health librarians, pre-hospital responders, health care professionals, first-responders or disaster preparedness administrators.

1 MLA CE Contact Hours. Details and Registration

Health On the Range: Rural Health Issues and Resources

When: Wednesday September 21, 3PM ET

Evidence shows that there are marked health disparities between those living in rural areas versus their urban counterparts. Not only do rural residents suffer from higher incidence of chronic illness, they also have limited access to primary care services and are more likely to be uninsured or under-insured. This session will describe hallmarks of rural America, identify other access challenges of living in rural communities, and equip participants with tools to use in service the health information needs of those living in rural communities.

Participants receive 2 MLA CE. Details and Registration

NLM’s Online Playground: K-12 Science and Health Education Resources

Focus on resources for Elementary School: Thursday, September 22, 4PM ET

Focus on resources for Middle/High School: Thursday, September 29, 4PM ET

This class will introduce free K-12 resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM). Resources span a variety of subjects including biology, careers, chemistry, environmental health, forensics and medical technology, general health, genetics, health information tutorials, and HIV/AIDS. This course has been approved for 1, 2, or 3 hours of continuing education credits by the Medical Library Association.

The online course is approved for 3 MLA CEs. This course qualifies for MLA Level 1 and Level 2 CHIS. Details and Registration

NN/LM Resource Picks: Don’t Wait, Communicate About Disaster Preparedness!

When: Wednesday, September 28, 3PM ET

NN/LM Resource Picks is a bi-monthly webinar series highlighting National Library of Medicine Resources. In this session, learn about Disaster Preparedness from Siobhan Champ-Blackwell, National Library of Medicine, Specialized Information Services Division, Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC).

Details and Registration

Lunch with the RML: Celebrating National Emergency Preparedness Month with MAR Emergency Preparedness Project Reports

When: Thursday, September 29, 12-1PM ET

In celebration of National Emergency Preparedness Month, this session will highlight 4 MAR funded emergency preparedness projects:

  • Emergency Preparedness for Libraries and Communities in Clinton, Essex and Franklin Counties:  Presented by Anja Bouchard, Clinton-Essex-Franklin Library System
  • Public Library Emergency Preparedness and Participation in Community Level Disaster Response in Lancaster County Pennsylvania:  Presented by Ed Miller, Stephanie Zimmerman and Mary Ann Heltshe-Steinhauer, Library System of Lancaster County
  • Libraries as Lifeboats: Communities in Crisis:  Presented by Rebecca Budinger-Mulhearn, Avon Free Library
  • The First 72 are on You: Prepare, Respond and Recover:  Presented by James Farrell, Pearl River Public Library

Details and Registration

 

Visit the NN/LM MAR training schedule for more training opportunities.

Back-to-School Updates for NLM K-12 Resources

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

From the NLM Outreach and Specific Populations Branch:

School is back in session, and you can learn about the latest updates to K-12 educational resources from the National Library of Medicine i the most recent edition of the Education Connection Newsletter. The August edition of the newsletter includes articles on:

For even more K-12 health and science education resources, check out the NLM Outreach homepage!

Summer ’16 issue of the MAReport is now available!

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Closing out the summer, NN/LM MAR is proud to share the latest edition of our quarterly newsletter, the MAReport! In this edition:

Academic Coordinator Elaina Vitale shares her thoughts about the exciting features of the PubMed commenting system in her Academic Outreach article, Focus on PubMed Commons.

Health Professions Coordinator Kate Flewelling discusses resources and initiatives for quality dental care in her Out and About article, Oral Health.

Consumer Health Coordinator Lydia Collins discusses K-12 resource trainings and guides from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) in her Consumer Connections article, Back to School with NLM Resources.

Education & Health Literacy Coordinator Michelle Burda highlights some extensive National Institute on Aging (NIA) resources for Go4Life Month in her Sharing & Caring article, Celebrate Go4Life.

Anja Bouchard shares her experiences as a Librarian with the Clinton Essex Franklin Library System in our featured  Member Spotlight.

Executive Director Renae Barger gives a brief overview of new NN/LM MAR funding opportunities in her MAR Highlights article, New Round of Funding is now available!

MAR Director Barbara Epstein shares her thoughts on the impact of special advisory groups in her Director’s Musings article, Looking Forward with New MAR Advisory Group Members.

To read the entire Summer 2016 newsletter or find articles from a previous edition, please visit: https://nnlm.gov/mar/newsletter/

Awardee Reports (Lunch with the RML session)

Friday, May 8th, 2015

Sustained Science Outreach – A Program for Low Income, Underserved Youth

Presenter:  Judy Cameron, Ph.D. Professor of Psychiatry/Director of Science Outreach, University of Pittsburgh

The YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh and the Pitt Science Outreach program offered a new 6-week program called Sustained Science Outreach. The program was designed to interest youth from low income, underserved areas in learning about science and healthy lifestyle choices and be equipped to share this information with their parents, families, and others in their community. This program  targeted youth in 4th-6th grade, a time where exposure to science has been shown to have a lifelong impact on youth attitudes toward science. The participating Y’s were located within 5 historically underserved communities.

Train-the-Trainer Manual Development for Access to Mental Health Literacy for Rural PA Older Adults

Presenter:  Rebecca May-Cole, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Behavioral Health and Aging Coalition, Inc. (PBHAC)

The Pennsylvania Behavioral Health and Aging Coalition developed and delivered a program to expand Behavioral Health Literacy for older adults, called the Healthy ABCs program, by training peer presenters to provide the information to older adults in their home communities. The goal of the project was to decrease the barriers associated with senior adults, particularly aged seniors, understanding and accessing Behavior Health services and information.

Mobile Technology in a Community Teaching Hospital Library: Tablets and E-books

Presenter: Patricia Reusing, Director, Health Sciences Library, Saint Barnabas Medical Center

The primary goal of this project was to enhance the hospital staff’s knowledge of health and medical conditions by placing selected applications (“apps”) and ebooks on different types of tablet devices (iPad, iPad Mini, and Samsung Galaxy). During the course of the project, our Medical Library’s two librarians held numerous demonstrations throughout the hospital at which staff and members of the community (patients, visitors) could try out the tablets and look at the various apps and ebooks loaded on them. As medical librarians, we also learned a lot about tablets and the available content for them for our own understanding and to share our knowledge with our library users.

Date / Time:  May 28th / Noon – 1 pm (ET)

Where:   https://webmeeting.nih.gov/lunch2/

Online / No Registration Required

National Library of Medicine Launches TOXinvaders Game

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

The Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS) of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) has launched TOXinvaders, an environmental health and toxicology game for the iPhone and iPad. It is available from the Apple Store. TOXinvaders supports middle school science concepts pertaining to chemistry, the environment, and health. It can serve as an engaging classroom or homework activity for middle and high school students, as well as an entertaining learning activity for gaming aficionados of all ages. In the classroom environment, TOXinvaders works best as a supplement to NLM’s Tox Town, Environmental Health Student Portal, TOXMAP, and ChemIDplus Web sites.

The game consists of four fast-paced levels, in which a launcher is used to annihilate toxic chemicals falling from the sky and earn protective shield points by capturing “good chemicals.” To move on to the next level, players must take a brief quiz about the chemicals. These dynamically generated tests provide an excellent opportunity to learn more about environmental health and toxicology from the game’s chemical information sheet and from NLM Web sites. Quiz questions and answers can also serve as a starting point for classroom discussions, as well as for Tox Town, TOXMAP, and Environmental Health Student Portal activities and experiments.

MAR Network Members Publish in Journal of Consumer Health on the Internet

Saturday, March 21st, 2015
  • Educating K-12 Professionals and Parents: Finding Health Information for Special Needs Children / D. Elizabeth Irish, Deborah M. Lyman, Helen A. Squillace, Enid M. Geyer, Tammy D. Cosgrove, Amanda Hagzan, Jill Leinung & Traci To

More details:http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/15398285.2014.982051#.VQ2e8-Fc9js

  • Healthy Libraries Develop Healthy Communities: Public Libraries and Their Tremendous Efforts to Support the Affordable Care Act / Lydia N. Collins

More details: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/15398285.2014.988467#.VQ2ffeFc9js

Classes in Plattsburgh, NY

Friday, March 13th, 2015

Caring for the Mind: Providing Reference Services for Mental Health Information

Presenter:           Lydia Collins, Consumer Health Coordinator, NN/LM MAR

Date / Time:       March 31st / 10 am – Noon (ET)

Where:                Plattsburgh, NY

Details/Register: http://nnlm.gov/ntcc/classes/class_details.html?class_id=31

Summary:  Audience: Information Professionals (3 MLA CEs)
Responding to mental health reference questions is challenging for even the most experienced librarian. In this class, participants will learn how to effectively provide reference services for mental health information for the public. Participants will learn the best websites, databases and collection development materials to respond to mental health related questions. Best approaches to handling challenging reference interviews will be explored. Participants will:

  1. Gain awareness of mental health issues
  2. Learn best approaches to consumer health reference interviews about mental health information
  3. Be informed of tools for collection development and mental health research including the latest web sites and databases

 

From A(norexia) to Z(its): Providing Health Information to Teens

Presenter:           Lydia Collins, Consumer Health Coordinator, NN/LM MAR

Date / Time:       March 31st / 1 – 3 pm (ET)

Where:                Plattsburgh, NY

Details/RegisterRegister. Please contact Julie Wever at CEFLS to register by telephone: 563-5190 x 18 or email: wever@cefls.org

Summary:  3 MLA CEs: http://cech.mlanet.org/node/567

Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids’ KickButtsDay

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

More than 1,514 campuses nationwide have a 100% smoke- or tobacco-free policy in place. Through the Fresh Air Campus Challenge and the TFCCI Challenge, the Tobacco-Free College Campus Initiative is encouraging campuses to take a 1Day Stand on March 18 to celebrate the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids’ KickButtsDay (KBD)! Building on KBD’s mission of helping people kick the habit for one day, the 1Day Stand calls upon college campuses to adopt a tobacco-free policy for one day.

By hosting a 1Day Stand event at your campus, you can start a conversation that ends in a safer and healthier campus for all. The goals for the event are to:

  • Encourage students who use tobacco to quit for the day, with an aim to quit for good
  • Raise awareness of the benefits of tobacco-free campus policies
  • Promote the adoption of permanent smoke- and tobacco-free campus policies

Is your campus taking a 1Day Stand on March 18? If so, please register your event to receive updates and information. Click HERE to register.

For questions related to the 1Day Stand, please contact tobaccofreecampuses@gmail.com.

Note: If your campus has Spring Break or is otherwise unable to participate on March 18, we are encouraging campuses to identify an “alternate” date within the month of March or early April to celebrate the 1DayStand. Do not hesitate to sign up!

For 1Day Stand materials and more information:  www.1DayStand.org

More information about the Fresh Air Campus Challenge and TFCCI Challenge can be found at: www.tobaccofreecampus.org/regional-challenge.

Teleconference Today—Interested in Leading the Regional Medical Library Program?

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) seeks candidates with experience in program coordination and health information policy for a Supervisory Librarian to lead our Regional Medical Library program.

If you are interested in this position, we strongly encourage you to attend our informational webinar on February 23, 2015 from 3 – 4 pm (ET).

Click here to register

The Head of the National Network Office (NNO) of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) serves as a national leader in developing collaborations among libraries in the Network.

The NNO Head is responsible for monitoring, evaluating, and advising on all aspects of biomedical information provision, for outreach to groups experiencing health disparities, and for the provision of access to medical information in emergency and disaster situations (national and international).  The Head also advises on public health information policy issues related to programs conducted throughout the Network.

NLM is in the process of transitioning our agreements with the Regional Medical Libraries from a contract funding mechanism to a grant cooperative agreement.  The Head will serve as Chair of the Scientific Steering Committee of the organizations awarded these cooperative agreements.

As a supervisory librarian at the GS-15 level, the position has a salary range of $126,245-$158,700, and reports to the Associate Director for Library Operations, Joyce Backus.

NLM will begin accepting applications for this position in early March.  At that time, we will release a second announcement with a link to the actual application.

We hope that you will consider applying for this exciting leadership opportunity.

If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!