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Registration Closing Soon! Summit on Disaster Recovery for Delaware

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

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

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

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.

Upcoming Classes for February

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

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

NLM and Government Resources for Locating Health Services and Organizations

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

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.

Glossaries at SIS: Terminology for HIV/AIDS, Disasters, Toxicology and More

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

From the NLM Outreach and Special Populations branch:

Whenever you learn about a new health topic, you’ll need to become familiar with a new set of terms related to the topic, which is when a glossary may come in handy. Specialized Information Services at the National Library of Medicine provides access to glossaries covering a range of health topics, from HIV/AIDS to disaster-related terminology:

#Glaucoma Awareness Month: Resources from NLM

Monday, January 9th, 2017

From the Outreach and Special Populations Branch:

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month, and the Glaucoma Research Foundation estimates that more than 3 million people in the US are affected by the condition.  According to MedlinePlus, Glaucoma is a group of diseases that can damage the eye’s optic nerve, and it is a leading cause of blindness in the US.  The National Library of Medicine hosts a variety of online resources targeted towards different populations, which can help a wide range of people learn more about diagnosis and treatment options for glaucoma:

  • The General Public:  The Health Topics page on glaucoma at MedlinePlus provides a simple summary and links to useful diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and research links. Members of the public can also learn about the genetic risks for early-onset glaucoma from the Genetics Home Reference website.
  • Older Adults: The NIHSeniorHealth website offers a detailed but easy-to-understand article on glaucoma, listing symptoms and tests, treatment, tips for protecting your vision, and frequently asked questions about the condition.
  • Multilingual Resources: Resources in 12 languages about glaucoma are available on MedlinePlus.  Also find multilingual patient information about glaucoma at HealthReach.

#WinterSafety Twitter Chat

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

Join America’s PrepareAthon, sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), on Thursday, December 15th at 2pm ET for a Twitter Chat focusing on winter safety. This chat will be used to discuss storm terms, winter driving tips, winter supplies for your emergency kit, and how to heat your home safely. Follow and participate in the chat on Twitter, using the hashtag #WinterSafety.

For more resources on winter safety, visit:

Flu Shot Resources from NLM

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

From the NLM Outreach and Special Populations Branch:

The flu, also called influenza, is a potentially serious respiratory infection caused by a number of viruses, and getting the flu vaccination every year is the best way to lower your chance of getting the flu and spreading it to others.  National Influenza Vaccination Week 2016 is December 4-10, and the National Library of Medicine offers helpful information and reliable links about the flu shot for many different populations:

  • The General Public: Find a short summary of how the flu shot works, who should get the flu shot, and the latest news and resources about the shot on MedlinePlus.
  • Multilingual Resources: Find information on influenza and the flu vaccination in a dozen or more languages on HealthReach.  Information about the flu shot is also available in over 20 languages on MedlinePlus.
  • Native American Communities: The American Indian Health portal offers links to statistics, information for researchers/health professionals/educators, and general information on the flu, targeted towards Native American communities.
  • Older Adults: On NIH Senior Health, older adults can learn about recommended immunizations for anyone older than 50, including the influenza vaccination.
  • Individuals with HIV/AIDS: Access links about recommended vaccinations for individuals living with HIV/AIDS on AIDSource, including information about the flu shot.

Updated online disaster information CE’s now available

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

From the Disaster Information Management Research Center:

Do you have some down time as 2016 comes to a close? Or maybe you made a resolution way back in January that you would learn something new this year?  We have a suggestion for how to end 2016 with a flourish!

The NLM Basic Level Courses for the Medical Library Association Disaster Information Specialization have all been updated to a new online web-based tutorial format. The courses are self-paced, interactive, and offered at no cost. When you complete all 15 hours of the courses, you are eligible to earn a Basic Level certificate in Disaster Information Specialization from MLA.

The Basic Level courses include three from NLM Disaster Health:

This course provides a comprehensive overview of the essential resources needed to provide health-related information services for supporting disaster mitigation, planning, response, and recovery.

This course provides an introduction to disaster/emergency planning and response as conducted in the United States, with an emphasis on medical response.

This course presents current research findings on librarians’ roles supporting the disaster workforce. Additionally, the information needs of first responders, emergency managers, and other professionals working in the areas of disaster planning, response, and recovery are discussed.

Two additional courses are available online, at no cost, from the FEMA Emergency Management Institute:

This course introduces and provides an overview of the National Incident Management System (NIMS). NIMS provides a consistent nationwide template to enable all government, private-sector, and nongovernmental organizations to work together during domestic incidents.

This course describes the history, features and principles, and organizational structure of the Incident Command System (ICS). ICS is a standardized approach to incident management that enables a coordinated response among various jurisdictions and agencies; establishes common processes for planning and managing resources; and allows for the integration of facilities, equipment, personnel, procedures, and communications operating within a common organizational structure.

Finish 2016 feeling prepared for the new and exciting challenges that 2017 will bring! Learn more at https://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/trainingresources.html

Resources for Hospice Palliative Care

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

From the Outreach and Special Populations Branch:

Hospice care is end-of-life care provided by healthcare professionals and volunteers who give medical, psychological, and spiritual support to the terminally ill, while palliative care is treatment of the discomfort, symptoms, and stress of serious illness. Hospice care always included palliative care.

November is National Hospice Palliative Care Month, and both patients who are seriously ill and their caregivers will often need guidance and information on hospice and palliative care options when facing end-of-life treatment.  The National Library of Medicine provides a number of resources on palliative and hospice care, to help with these difficult decisions:

  • Information for the general public: MedlinePlus provides Health Topics pages on both palliative care and hospice care, including links to basic information, clinical trials, journal articles, and more.  Both pages are also available in Spanish, by selecting the “Español” link in the top left corner of the page (below the search box).
  • Information for older adults: The NIHSeniorHealth page on end-of-life care includes information on pain/symptom management, addressing mental and emotional issues, care options, planning and paying for care, information for caregivers, and resources for coping with grief.
  • Information for caregivers: The NLM 4 Caregivers social media campaign provides a Pinterest board linking to reliable resources on end-of-life care, including printable information sheets and booklets on end-of-life care from government and non-profit organizations.