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National HIV Testing Day

Friday, June 24th, 2016

Monday, June 27th is National HIV Testing Day. The National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health provide some fantastic resources to learn more about screening and diagnosis for HIV/AIDS. Know your status!

MedlinePlus: https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003538.htm

AIDSinfo: https://aidsinfo.nih.gov/

AIDSource: https://aids.nlm.nih.gov/topic/1173/prevention/1183/testing

Discovering TOXNET: Free, Online CE Class Begins March 7, 2016

Friday, February 19th, 2016

The National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC) is offering an online, free, asynchronous CE class called Discovering TOXNET from March 7th, 2016 – April 6th, 2016.

Learn about TOXNET® and other NLM environmental health databases through videos, guided tutorials, and discovery exercises. The class is taught online in thirteen independent modules.

TOXNET is a web-based system of databases covering hazardous chemicals, environmental health, toxic releases, chemical nomenclature, poisoning, risk assessment and regulations, and occupational safety and health.

Who should take the class?

Health sciences librarians and health or environmental sciences professionals interested in unlocking the information in TOXNET and the other environmental health and toxicology resources.

How much time?

You will work on your own time over a period of 4 weeks to complete the modules that are of interest to you. There is one required module; the remaining modules are optional. This class is offered for variable MLA Continuing Education credit. Each module will be offered for 0.5 to 2.0 credit hours, for a total of up to 12 hours. Credit will not be awarded for partial completion of a module. Total credit awarded will be based on completed modules with a minimum of 1.0 credit hours.

What happens during the class?

This course is offered asynchronously through Moodle; you will work at your own pace. Each module consists of guided interactive, online tutorials AND/OR tutorial videos as well as discovery exercises. Instructors will be available to answer questions and provide assistance throughout the course.

The modules (and their CE credits) are:

  1. Introduction to TOXNET: 0.5 hour (Required)
  2. TOXLINE: 1.0 hour
  3. ChemIDplus: 2.0 hours
  4. Integrated Risk Information System & Risk Assessment: 1.0 hour
  5. Hazardous Substances Databank: 1.5 hours
  6. Toxic Release Inventory: 1.0 hour
  7. TOXMAP: 1.5 hours
  8. Household Products Database: 0.5 hour
  9. LactMed: 0.5 hour
  10. Haz-Map: 0.5 hour
  11. WISER & CHEMM: 1.0 hour
  12. REMM: 0.5 hour
  13. LiverTox: 0.5 hour

How do I register?

Follow the link below to register:

http://nnlm.gov/ntcc/classes/class_details.html?class_id=809

For questions, contact the NTC at ntc@utah.edu

Health Literacy 3.0 (Boost Box)

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

Health Literacy 3.0 / January 12, 2016 / noon-1:00pm / https://webmeeting.nih.gov/boost2/ no registration required/ 1 MLA CE

If you’re still counting syllables in sentences and checking readability formulas in the hopes of making health information health literacy appropriate, you might want to tune into this webinar.

Speaker Dr. Christina Zarcadoolas refers to these and other supposed best practices about simplification as “wardrobe malfunctions” in a field that has gone through much evolution in the last 25 years.

In an ever more complex worlds, Christina will talk about the limits of simplicity and discuss newer approaches to communicating health effectively.

Christina Zarcadoolas is a sociolinguist and internationally recognized expert in health literacy and public understanding of health and science. She focuses on analyzing and closing the gaps between expert & lay knowledge and understanding, paying particular attention to how people make meaning out of complex things. The New England Journal of Medicine called her critically acclaimed book, Advancing Health Literacy: A Framework for Understanding and Action, “required reading” for public health communication professionals.

Chris is a Professor at City University of New York (CUNY) School of Public Health and prior to that she was at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and had a long tenure on the faculty at Brown University Center for Environmental Studies. She is the Founder and Director of the New York Roundtable on Public Health Literacy.

She recently launched healthliteracylab.com which is an ever-expanding free library of communication and design lessons for health and safety communicators.

AIDSource: a Redesigned, Mobile-Optimized HIV/AIDS Information Website from the National Library of Medicine

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

The National Library of Medicine’s web portal for HIV/AIDS information has been redesigned and given a new name. The new website, AIDSource, offers access to a comprehensive collection of HIV/AIDS-related information resources that are reviewed and selected by expert information specialists and librarians.

Visitors to AIDSource will now be able to view the website content on their mobile device. The website is now automatically optimized for display across all device types, including desktop computers, tablets, and smartphones. The new design of the website was constructed by user feedback received through a website survey in 2014. In addition to responsive design, the new AIDSource design also includes the following new features:

  • Addition of a slider feature that highlights resources of interest
  • Addition of images for topics
  • Improvements in website navigation, including a menu on all pages of the website that provides access to all topic areas

The mission of AIDSource is to serve as a reliable source for access to HIV/AIDS-related information from federal and non-federal sources. Resources included on the AIDSource website are organized by both topic of interest and audience, and information is available in English and Spanish.

NLM welcomes your feedback on the AIDSource website. Please send your comments to: tehip@teh.nlm.nih.gov.

Go to AIDSource: http://aids.nlm.nih.gov/

Want to see a demo of the site? Join the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region, on October 14 from noon -1pm ET for a webinar with the Project Manager.

Details: http://1.usa.gov/1iI1qfS

Upcoming Sexual Health Trainings from MAR

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

Join NN/LM MAR for three upcoming trainings relating to Sexual Health. All trainings are via webinar with audio through your phone.

Introduction to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center Library (Boost Box) / Oct. 13, 2015 noon-1pm ET

Description: This presentation will introduce librarians and others to the extensive, unique collections of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center Library. Providing resources to researchers, advocates, medical professionals, law enforcement, allied organizations, and the public since 2000, the NSVRC Library may be considered the largest collection of materials on sexual violence and prevention in the world, currently housing a collection of over 35,000 unique titles. Learn how PCAR and NSVRC can provide valuable resources and training materials for the medical profession, public health practitioners, and academic institutions nationwide.

Presenters: Karen Litterer, MSLS, Head Librarian, National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) and Melissa Powers, MSLS, Librarian, Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR)

No registration required. 1 MLA CE will be provided.

Where: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/boost2/

HIV/AIDS Resources / October 14, 2015 noon-1pm ET

Allison McDougall, AIDSinfo Deputy Project Manager and Christina Copty, AIDSource Project Coordinator, will present about NLM HIV/AIDS resources, including AIDSinfo and AIDSource.

AIDSinfo offers access to the latest, federally approved HIV/AIDS medical practice guidelines, HIV treatment and prevention clinical trials, and other research information for health care providers, researchers, people affected by HIV/AIDS, and the general public. AIDSource was developed by NLM to ensure that those seeking information about HIV/AIDS have a source of quality reviewed current content, and provides access to HIV/AIDS-related information both within and outside of the federal government.

The presentation will cover the many features of AIDSinfo and AIDSource, including the portfolio of AIDSinfo mobile apps.

No registration required. 1 MLA CE will be provided.

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

Building Collections and Connections for LGBT Health Awareness: improving the health, safety, and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons / November 10, 2015 3pm – 4:30pm ET

Outreach Coordinator Kate Flewelling will teach this new course. Participants will:

  • develop a better understanding of the health information needs of the LGBT community.
  • have an increased awareness of the importance of LGBT education for health care providers and the role of implicit bias in healthcare.
  • discover resources that can be utilized in reference interactions.
  • be able to identify electronic, print, and other resources for building a LGBT collection.
  • will gain ideas for outreach strategies to the LGBT community.

Registration required. Participants who attend the webinar and complete a short practice exercise will receive 2 MLA CE

Register: http://nnlm.gov/ntcc/classes/class_details.html?class_id=943

National Center for Health Statistics (Boost Box)

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Presenters: Tara Das, PhD, MPH, MLIS, Interim Head, Social Work Library and Government Information Librarian, Lehman Social Sciences Library, Columbia University, New York, NY

Description: We will review the work of the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), which is one of the principal statistical agencies in the United States. We will discuss NCHS data collection and data release methods and publications. Data access for researchers interested in analyzing NCHS data will also be included.

Date / Time: August 11th /Noon – 1 pm (ET)

Where:   https://webmeeting.nih.gov/boost2/

Online / No Registration Required

Focus on NLM Resources: PhPartners.org

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Presenter: Hathy Simpson, Public Health Information Specialist, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region

Date / Time:  August 17, 2015 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)

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

Online / No Registration Required

Description: 

Ms. Simpson will provide an overview of public health information resources available from the public health web portal, PHPartners.org, including the Healthy People 2020 Structured Evidence Queries (pre-formulated searches of PubMed). PHPartners.org provides access to selected online public health resources from government agencies, health science libraries, and professional and research organizations.

Heading to ALA? So is MAR!

Friday, June 19th, 2015

Are you attending ALA 2015 in San Francisco, CA? If so here are some presentations from NN/LM MAR Coordinators. Also ,be sure to stop by the Health Happens in Libraries poster.

Encouraging Curiosity with NLM’s Online Toy box: Health and Science Resources for K-5 Students Saturday June 27th – 1pm-2:30pm – Moscone Convention Center – 2001 (W)

Lydia Collins, Consumer Health Coordinator

For more details: http://alaac15.ala.org/node/28828

Engaging, Encouraging and Enabling Middle and High School Students to Explore Health and Science from the National Library of Medicine Sunday June 28th – 8:30-10am – Moscone Convention Center-2004 (W)

Lydia Collins, Consumer Health Coordinator

For more details: http://alaac15.ala.org/node/28813

Public Health and Public Libraries: Librarians as Health Literacy First Responders Monday June 29th – 1pm-2:30pm – Moscone Convention Center- 131 (N)

Lydia Collins, Consumer Health Coordinator

Anita Kinney, Prince George’s County Memorial Library System

Christian Minter, ‎NLM Associate Fellow at Welch Library, Johns Hopkins University

For more details: http://alaac15.ala.org/node/30103

Also check out:

Health Happens in Libraries through Community Engagement Sunday June 28th – 12:30-2:30pm – Moscone Convention Center- Exhibit Hall – Poster Session – Poster 14

For more details: http://alaac15.ala.org/node/29930

Focus on NLM Resources: HealthReach

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Presenter:  Laura Bartlett / Outreach and Special Populations Branch, National Library of Medicine

Date / Time:  May 7, 2015 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)

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

Online / No Registration Required

Summary:

HealthReach is a resource of quality multilingual, multicultural public health information for those working with, or providing care to, individuals with limited English proficiency.

Resources include:

  • Health education materials in various languages and formats (brochures, fact sheets, videos)
  • Provider tools (including best practices, cultural information, and effective use of interpreters)
  • Special collections on Emergency and Disaster, Women’s Health, and Mental Health

During the presentation the site will briefly be demonstrated. New initiatives, such as the funding and acquisition of new materials, will be discussed.

A Model for Patient Engagement and How Libraries Can Improve Health Literacy (Boost Box session)

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

Presenter:  Cindy Hipszer, Project Manager, Pennsylvania Hospital Engagement Network (PA-HEN), Hospital and Health System Association of PA

Description: Engage for Health is a program that provides libraries with details on how to assist consumers in improving their health through engagement with their providers.  Libraries are asked to seek out partnerships with local health care providers to present a program built around the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Questions are the Answers program.  The program offers interactive sessions that will place consumers in a role play to develop the confidence to engage in their interactions with health care providers.

This session will explain the importance of patient engagement, how to ask the right questions, and how libraries can use this model program to improve health literacy in their community, in partnership with local health care providers.

Date / Time:  April 14th / Noon – 1 pm (ET)

Where:   https://webmeeting.nih.gov/boost2/

Online / No Registration Required